U.S. stocks higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.95%

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

At the close in NYSE, the added 0.95%, while the index climbed 0.47%, and the index gained 2.30%.

The best performers of the session on the were McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE:), which rose 8.89% or 12.20 points to trade at 149.50 at the close. Meanwhile, Walt Disney Company (NYSE:) added 6.90% or 6.13 points to end at 94.93 and Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE:) was up 6.76% or 9.47 points to 149.49 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ:), which fell 8.07% or 4.26 points to trade at 48.55 at the close. Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:) declined 6.73% or 3.02 points to end at 41.83 and Pfizer Inc (NYSE:) was down 6.00% or 1.94 points to 30.42.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were DXC Technology Co (NYSE:) which rose 33.94% to 12.47, ONEOK Inc (NYSE:) which was up 33.31% to settle at 20.49 and Capri Holdings Ltd (NYSE:) which gained 33.24% to close at 10.02.

The worst performers were WEC Energy Group Inc (NYSE:) which was down 13.51% to 90.41 in late trade, Consolidated Edison Inc (NYSE:) which lost 13.13% to settle at 80.09 and Southwest Airlines Company (NYSE:) which was down 12.20% to 30.86 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Penn Virginia Corporation (NASDAQ:) which rose 146.02% to 2.78, Select Interior Concepts Inc Class A (NASDAQ:) which was up 138.58% to settle at 3.03 and Dave & Buster’s Entertainment (NASDAQ:) which gained 76.59% to close at 8.60.

The worst performers were Entasis Therapeutics Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:) which was down 50.54% to 2.75 in late trade, Biontech Se (NASDAQ:) which lost 35.54% to settle at 59.30 and Acer Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:) which was down 31.19% to 1.39 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 2223 to 712 and 24 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 2133 rose and 598 declined, while 21 ended unchanged.

Shares in Southwest Airlines Company (NYSE:) fell to 5-year lows; falling 12.20% or 4.29 to 30.86. Shares in Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:) fell to 52-week lows; falling 6.73% or 3.02 to 41.83. Shares in Acer Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:) fell to all time lows; falling 31.19% or 0.63 to 1.39.

The , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 5.82% to 72.00.

Gold Futures for April delivery was down 0.29% or 4.30 to $1473.60 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in May rose 23.24% or 4.84 to hit $25.67 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract fell 0.57% or 0.16 to trade at $28.04 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.14% to 1.0675, while USD/JPY rose 0.09% to 110.78.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 2.00% at 103.570.

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