U.S. stocks higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 1.54%

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At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 1.54%, while the S&P 500 index climbed 1.57%, and the NASDAQ Composite index gained 1.14%.

The best performers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS), which rose 5.68% or 9.26 points to trade at 172.29 at the close. Meanwhile, Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) added 5.36% or 2.88 points to end at 56.47 and American Express Company (NYSE:AXP) was up 4.90% or 5.59 points to 119.68 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL), which fell 2.28% or 3.24 points to trade at 138.82 at the close. 3M Company (NYSE:MMM) declined 1.47% or 2.75 points to end at 183.90 and International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM) was down 1.29% or 1.58 points to 120.89.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were L Brands Inc (NYSE:LB) which rose 11.77% to 41.96, American Airlines Group (NASDAQ:AAL) which was up 9.42% to settle at 18.12 and ABIOMED Inc (NASDAQ:ABMD) which gained 9.80% to close at 360.81.

The worst performers were Lumen Technologies Inc (NYSE:LUMN) which was down 21.81% to 12.01 in late trade, Macerich Company (NYSE:MAC) which lost 14.21% to settle at 19.20 and ViacomCBS Inc (NASDAQ:VIAC) which was down 11.64% to 49.48 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Lianluo Smart Ltd (NASDAQ:LLIT) which rose 79.49% to 11.1999, The9 Ltd ADR (NASDAQ:NCTY) which was up 56.63% to settle at 16.070 and Big Rock Partners Acquisition Corp (NASDAQ:BRPA) which gained 50.97% to close at 54.41.

The worst performers were Bed Bath & Beyond Inc (NASDAQ:BBBY) which was down 36.47% to 33.60 in late trade, Fossil Group Inc (NASDAQ:FOSL) which lost 36.52% to settle at 15.02 and Genius Brands International Inc (NASDAQ:GNUS) which was down 33.99% to 2.0200 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 2173 to 927 and 73 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1756 rose and 1326 declined, while 66 ended unchanged.

Shares in ABIOMED Inc (NASDAQ:ABMD) rose to 52-week highs; up 9.80% or 32.21 to 360.81. Shares in Big Rock Partners Acquisition Corp (NASDAQ:BRPA) rose to all time highs; up 50.97% or 18.37 to 54.41.

The CBOE Volatility Index, which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 24.05% to 28.26.

Gold Futures for April delivery was down 0.24% or 4.45 to $1844.45 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in March fell 0.91% or 0.48 to hit $52.37 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract fell 0.72% or 0.40 to trade at $55.13 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.20% to 1.2132, while USD/JPY rose 0.14% to 104.23.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.23% at 90.427.