© Reuters. U.S. stocks higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 1.03%

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

At the close in NYSE, the added 1.03%, while the index climbed 0.66%, and the index climbed 0.46%.

The best performers of the session on the were Walt Disney Company (NYSE:), which rose 11.54% or 13.46 points to trade at 130.06 at the close. Meanwhile, Dow Inc (NYSE:) added 6.21% or 3.41 points to end at 58.30 and JPMorgan Chase & Co (NYSE:) was up 4.69% or 4.98 points to 111.21 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:), which fell 5.18% or 12.20 points to trade at 223.22 at the close. Chevron Corp (NYSE:) declined 4.94% or 6.23 points to end at 119.76 and Pfizer Inc (NYSE:) was down 1.32% or 0.56 points to 41.71.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Anadarko Petroleum Corp (NYSE:) which rose 32.01% to 61.78, Pacific Gas & Electric Co (NYSE:) which was up 20.65% to settle at 23.08 and Walt Disney Company (NYSE:) which gained 11.54% to close at 130.06.

The worst performers were Anthem Inc (NYSE:) which was down 8.48% to 252.85 in late trade, National Oilwell Varco Inc (NYSE:) which lost 8.39% to settle at 26.87 and UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:) which was down 5.18% to 223.22 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Taronis Technologies Inc (NASDAQ:) which rose 47.46% to 0.990, Histogenics Corp (NASDAQ:) which was up 33.53% to settle at 0.228 and Reebonz Holding Ltd (NASDAQ:) which gained 32.99% to close at 11.49.

The worst performers were TRACON Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:) which was down 49.05% to 0.6623 in late trade, Bridgeline Digital Inc (NASDAQ:) which lost 20.92% to settle at 0.1890 and Future Fintech Group Inc (NASDAQ:) which was down 20.00% to 1.6400 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 1882 to 1092 and 104 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1426 rose and 1202 declined, while 81 ended unchanged.

Shares in Walt Disney Company (NYSE:) rose to all time highs; up 11.54% or 13.46 to 130.06. Shares in UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:) fell to 52-week lows; down 5.18% or 12.20 to 223.22. Shares in Walt Disney Company (NYSE:) rose to all time highs; rising 11.54% or 13.46 to 130.06. Shares in UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:) fell to 52-week lows; losing 5.18% or 12.20 to 223.22.

The , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 7.76% to 12.01 a new 6-months low.

Gold Futures for June delivery was up 0.03% or 0.35 to $1293.65 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in May rose 0.35% or 0.22 to hit $63.80 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract rose 0.97% or 0.69 to trade at $71.52 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.49% to 1.1305, while USD/JPY rose 0.34% to 112.03.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.26% at 96.560.

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