U.S. stocks higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.25%

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At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.25%, while the S&P 500 index added 0.39%, and the NASDAQ Composite index climbed 0.79%.

The best performers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS), which rose 2.96% or 3.14 points to trade at 109.05 at the close. Meanwhile, Home Depot Inc (NYSE:HD) added 2.07% or 4.85 points to end at 239.33 and Walmart Inc (NYSE:WMT) was up 2.04% or 2.52 points to 125.94 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Raytheon Technologies Corp (NYSE:RTX), which fell 2.10% or 1.13 points to trade at 52.73 at the close. Boeing Co (NYSE:BA) declined 2.06% or 2.52 points to end at 120.00 and American Express Company (NYSE:AXP) was down 1.90% or 1.59 points to 82.22.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (NYSE:RCL) which rose 6.54% to 37.45, Gap Inc (NYSE:GPS) which was up 6.00% to settle at 7.60 and Macy’s Inc (NYSE:M) which gained 5.99% to close at 5.31.

The worst performers were Lam Research Corp (NASDAQ:LRCX) which was down 6.38% to 251.84 in late trade, VF Corporation (NYSE:VFC) which lost 6.28% to settle at 51.96 and Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ:QCOM) which was down 5.13% to 75.77 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Sorrento Therape (NASDAQ:SRNE) which rose 158.02% to 6.76, Torchlight Energ (NASDAQ:TRCH) which was up 48.28% to settle at 0.4300 and Sundial Growers Inc (NASDAQ:SNDL) which gained 42.08% to close at 0.55.

The worst performers were Cassava Sciences Inc (NASDAQ:SAVA) which was down 73.86% to 2.12 in late trade, Creative Realities Inc (NASDAQ:CREX) which lost 32.79% to settle at 2.890 and Applied DNA Sciences Inc (NASDAQ:APDN) which was down 26.96% to 11.11 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 1662 to 1193 and 74 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1660 rose and 976 declined, while 64 ended unchanged.

Shares in Sorrento Therape (NASDAQ:SRNE) rose to 52-week highs; rising 158.02% or 4.14 to 6.76.

The CBOE Volatility Index, which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 2.21% to 31.89.

Gold Futures for June delivery was up 0.70% or 12.25 to $1753.15 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in June rose 7.80% or 2.15 to hit $29.71 a barrel, while the July Brent oil contract rose 5.49% or 1.71 to trade at $32.84 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.15% to 1.0820, while USD/JPY fell 0.19% to 107.03.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.11% at 100.398.

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