U.S. stocks higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 1.13%

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At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 1.13% to hit a new all time high, while the S&P 500 index gained 1.44%, and the NASDAQ Composite index gained 1.67%.

The best performers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ:WBA), which rose 3.73% or 2.04 points to trade at 56.79 at the close. Meanwhile, Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) added 3.10% or 2.00 points to end at 66.55 and Walmart Inc (NYSE:WMT) was up 2.80% or 3.80 points to 139.42 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE:GS), which fell 1.27% or 4.16 points to trade at 323.48 at the close. Chevron Corp (NYSE:CVX) declined 1.17% or 1.24 points to end at 104.51 and Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) was down 0.26% or 0.50 points to 188.47.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd (NYSE:NCLH) which rose 7.21% to 29.72, General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) which was up 5.61% to settle at 61.04 and MGM Resorts International (NYSE:MGM) which gained 5.01% to close at 41.69.

The worst performers were Pioneer Natural Resources Co (NYSE:PXD) which was down 7.57% to 152.14 in late trade, Occidental Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:OXY) which lost 7.56% to settle at 25.31 and Diamondback Energy Inc (NASDAQ:FANG) which was down 7.15% to 75.41 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Chembio Diagnostics Inc (NASDAQ:CEMI) which rose 59.66% to 5.62, Xcel Brands Inc (NASDAQ:XELB) which was up 52.33% to settle at 2.940 and Sequential Brands Group Inc (NASDAQ:SQBG) which gained 33.53% to close at 29.6700.

The worst performers were Uxin Ltd (NASDAQ:UXIN) which was down 23.86% to 1.500 in late trade, Molecular Templates Inc (NASDAQ:MTEM) which lost 23.59% to settle at 9.51 and Castor Maritime Inc (NASDAQ:CTRM) which was down 20.87% to 0.584 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 1878 to 1206 and 80 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1831 rose and 1382 declined, while 88 ended unchanged.

Shares in General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) rose to all time highs; rising 5.61% or 3.24 to 61.04. Shares in MGM Resorts International (NYSE:MGM) rose to 5-year highs; up 5.01% or 1.99 to 41.69. Shares in Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ:WBA) rose to 52-week highs; gaining 3.73% or 2.04 to 56.79. Shares in Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) rose to 52-week highs; gaining 3.10% or 2.00 to 66.55. Shares in Xcel Brands Inc (NASDAQ:XELB) rose to 52-week highs; rising 52.33% or 1.010 to 2.940.

The CBOE Volatility Index, which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 3.35% to 17.91.

Gold Futures for June delivery was up 0.03% or 0.55 to $1728.95 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in May fell 4.36% or 2.68 to hit $58.77 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract fell 4.02% or 2.61 to trade at $62.25 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.42% to 1.1811, while USD/JPY fell 0.45% to 110.22.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.48% at 92.605.

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