U.S. stocks higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.59%

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At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.59%, while the S&P 500 index climbed 0.65%, and the NASDAQ Composite index climbed 1.11%.

The best performers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Nike Inc (NYSE:NKE), which rose 3.89% or 3.73 points to trade at 99.51 at the close. Meanwhile, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) added 2.78% or 5.42 points to end at 200.57 and Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) was up 2.62% or 9.15 points to 358.87 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ:WBA), which fell 2.02% or 0.89 points to trade at 43.24 at the close. American Express Company (NYSE:AXP) declined 1.49% or 1.50 points to end at 99.44 and Merck & Company Inc (NYSE:MRK) was down 1.48% or 1.15 points to 76.75.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Gap Inc (NYSE:GPS) which rose 8.26% to 11.54, Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc (NYSE:CMG) which was up 5.88% to settle at 1070.25 and Foot Locker Inc (NYSE:FL) which gained 5.09% to close at 29.52.

The worst performers were American Airlines Group (NASDAQ:AAL) which was down 6.75% to 14.92 in late trade, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd (NYSE:NCLH) which lost 6.20% to settle at 17.09 and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (NYSE:RCL) which was down 6.17% to 51.86 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were SINTX Technologies Inc (NASDAQ:SINT) which rose 160.09% to 2.010, Kirklands Inc (NASDAQ:KIRK) which was up 74.38% to settle at 3.540 and Evoke Pharma Inc (NASDAQ:EVOK) which gained 61.70% to close at 3.800.

The worst performers were Urban One Inc Bats (NASDAQ:UONE) which was down 46.67% to 19.360 in late trade, Radio One Inc Class D (NASDAQ:UONEK) which lost 30.12% to settle at 2.900 and Atlas Financial Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:AFH) which was down 29.04% to 0.7380 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 1518 to 1334 and 75 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1437 rose and 1267 declined, while 52 ended unchanged.

Shares in Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc (NYSE:CMG) rose to all time highs; gaining 5.88% or 59.42 to 1070.25. Shares in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) rose to all time highs; rising 2.78% or 5.42 to 200.57. Shares in Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) rose to all time highs; rising 2.62% or 9.15 to 358.87. Shares in Kirklands Inc (NASDAQ:KIRK) rose to 52-week highs; gaining 74.38% or 1.510 to 3.540. Shares in Evoke Pharma Inc (NASDAQ:EVOK) rose to 52-week highs; rising 61.70% or 1.450 to 3.800.

The CBOE Volatility Index, which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 9.54% to 31.77.

Gold Futures for August delivery was up 0.65% or 11.45 to $1764.45 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in August rose 1.91% or 0.76 to hit $40.59 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract fell 0.02% or 0.01 to trade at $42.97 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.03% to 1.1261, while USD/JPY rose 0.03% to 106.91.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.59% at 96.998.

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