© Reuters. U.S. stocks higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.84%

Investing.com – U.S. stocks were higher after the close on Thursday, as gains in the , and sectors led shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the gained 0.84%, while the index climbed 0.89%, and the index climbed 0.97%.

The best performers of the session on the were Cisco Systems Inc (NASDAQ:), which rose 6.66% or 3.49 points to trade at 55.93 at the close. Meanwhile, Boeing Co (NYSE:) added 2.36% or 8.17 points to end at 353.81 and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:) was up 2.31% or 2.91 points to 128.93 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were 3M Company (NYSE:), which fell 1.33% or 2.31 points to trade at 171.81 at the close. Caterpillar Inc (NYSE:) declined 0.54% or 0.69 points to end at 126.61 and Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ:) was down 0.46% or 0.24 points to 52.50.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Cisco Systems Inc (NASDAQ:) which rose 6.66% to 55.93, Mettler-Toledo International Inc (NYSE:) which was up 3.59% to settle at 744.98 and Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:) which gained 3.47% to close at 304.71.

The worst performers were Xilinx Inc (NASDAQ:) which was down 7.27% to 106.13 in late trade, Qorvo Inc (NASDAQ:) which lost 7.14% to settle at 68.11 and Smith AO Corporation (NYSE:) which was down 6.27% to 45.12 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were OUTLOOK THERAPEUTICS INC (NASDAQ:) which rose 68.06% to 1.53, Jiayin Group Inc (NASDAQ:) which was up 56.12% to settle at 21.70 and Iovance Biotherapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:) which gained 36.06% to close at 15.280.

The worst performers were SITO Mobile Ltd (NASDAQ:) which was down 40.31% to 1.140 in late trade, Soliton Inc (NASDAQ:) which lost 31.50% to settle at 7.2200 and Xenetic Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ:) which was down 25.42% to 0.880 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 2013 to 978 and 95 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1511 rose and 1134 declined, while 81 ended unchanged.

Shares in 3M Company (NYSE:) fell to 52-week lows; falling 1.33% or 2.31 to 171.81. Shares in Jiayin Group Inc (NASDAQ:) rose to all time highs; up 56.12% or 7.80 to 21.70. Shares in Xenetic Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ:) fell to 3-years lows; losing 25.42% or 0.300 to 0.880.

The , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 7.00% to 15.29.

Gold Futures for June delivery was down 0.84% or 10.90 to $1286.90 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in June rose 1.79% or 1.11 to hit $63.13 a barrel, while the July Brent oil contract rose 0.07% or 0.05 to trade at $72.81 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.08% to 1.1180, while USD/JPY rose 0.01% to 109.86.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.29% at 97.657.

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