U.S. stocks higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 2.05%

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At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 2.05% to hit a new 3-months high, while the S&P 500 index gained 1.36%, and the NASDAQ Composite index gained 0.78%.

The best performers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Boeing Co (NYSE:BA), which rose 12.95% or 19.85 points to trade at 173.16 at the close. Meanwhile, Raytheon Technologies Corp (NYSE:RTX) added 6.42% or 4.07 points to end at 67.47 and American Express Company (NYSE:AXP) was up 6.39% or 6.33 points to 105.40 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Walmart Inc (NYSE:WMT), which fell 0.38% or 0.47 points to trade at 123.47 at the close. UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH) declined 0.31% or 0.96 points to end at 305.35 and Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) was down 0.31% or 0.19 points to 61.93.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Simon Property Group Inc (NYSE:SPG) which rose 14.86% to 72.88, Macerich Company (NYSE:MAC) which was up 14.23% to settle at 8.59 and Coty Inc (NYSE:COTY) which gained 13.37% to close at 4.75.

The worst performers were Campbell Soup Company (NYSE:CPB) which was down 6.13% to 48.82 in late trade, Activision Blizzard Inc (NASDAQ:ATVI) which lost 4.19% to settle at 69.92 and Take-Two Interactive Software Inc (NASDAQ:TTWO) which was down 3.94% to 129.30 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were FSD Pharma Inc Class B (NASDAQ:HUGE) which rose 138.39% to 7.39, Genius Brands International Inc (NASDAQ:GNUS) which was up 97.26% to settle at 7.9300 and Cinedigm Corp (NASDAQ:CIDM) which gained 79.82% to close at 1.3100.

The worst performers were Hebron Technology Co Ltd (NASDAQ:HEBT) which was down 36.63% to 14.29 in late trade, Evofem Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ:EVFM) which lost 26.61% to settle at 3.42 and Cellectar Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ:CLRB) which was down 21.97% to 1.030 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 2298 to 586 and 61 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1824 rose and 856 declined, while 56 ended unchanged.

Shares in Genius Brands International Inc (NASDAQ:GNUS) rose to 5-year highs; gaining 97.26% or 3.9100 to 7.9300. Shares in Evofem Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ:EVFM) fell to 52-week lows; down 26.61% or 1.24 to 3.42. Shares in Cellectar Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ:CLRB) fell to all time lows; falling 21.97% or 0.290 to 1.030.

The CBOE Volatility Index, which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 4.40% to 25.66 a new 3-months low.

Gold Futures for August delivery was down 1.79% or 31.05 to $1702.95 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in July fell 0.22% or 0.08 to hit $36.73 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract rose 0.15% or 0.06 to trade at $39.47 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.02% to 1.1235, while USD/JPY rose 0.02% to 108.91.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.37% at 97.295.

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