U.S. stocks higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 1.20%

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At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 1.20%, while the S&P 500 index added 0.83%, and the NASDAQ Composite index gained 0.74%.

The best performers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were American Express Company (NYSE:AXP), which rose 2.56% or 2.50 points to trade at 100.25 at the close. Meanwhile, UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH) added 2.51% or 7.62 points to end at 311.77 and Amgen Inc (NASDAQ:AMGN) was up 2.36% or 5.86 points to 254.16 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS), which fell 1.05% or 1.32 points to trade at 124.08 at the close. Nike Inc (NYSE:NKE) declined 0.64% or 0.81 points to end at 125.54 and Honeywell International Inc (NYSE:HON) was up 0.06% or 0.10 points to 164.61.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE:DUK) which rose 7.46% to 88.56, L Brands Inc (NYSE:LB) which was up 4.78% to settle at 31.81 and Centene Corp (NYSE:CNC) which gained 4.42% to close at 58.33.

The worst performers were Micron Technology Inc (NASDAQ:MU) which was down 7.39% to 46.96 in late trade, Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ:WDC) which lost 7.04% to settle at 36.55 and Diamondback Energy Inc (NASDAQ:FANG) which was down 3.46% to 30.12 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were CTi Biopharma Corp (NASDAQ:CTIC) which rose 104.76% to 2.150, Iterum Therapeutics PLC (NASDAQ:ITRM) which was up 63.35% to settle at 1.05 and Chinanet Online Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:CNET) which gained 55.98% to close at 2.020.

The worst performers were Aptorum Group Ltd Class A (NASDAQ:APM) which was down 43.70% to 2.68 in late trade, The9 Ltd ADR (NASDAQ:NCTY) which lost 39.08% to settle at 0.317 and Oasis Petroleum Inc (NASDAQ:OAS) which was down 31.61% to 0.280 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 1639 to 1458 and 82 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1448 fell and 1415 advanced, while 87 ended unchanged.

Shares in L Brands Inc (NYSE:LB) rose to 52-week highs; up 4.78% or 1.45 to 31.81. Shares in CTi Biopharma Corp (NASDAQ:CTIC) rose to 52-week highs; rising 104.76% or 1.100 to 2.150. Shares in The9 Ltd ADR (NASDAQ:NCTY) fell to all time lows; falling 39.08% or 0.203 to 0.317. Shares in Chinanet Online Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:CNET) rose to 52-week highs; gaining 55.98% or 0.725 to 2.020.

The CBOE Volatility Index, which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 0.38% to 26.37.

Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.65% or 12.30 to $1890.90 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in November rose 1.45% or 0.57 to hit $39.86 a barrel, while the December Brent oil contract rose 0.29% or 0.12 to trade at $42.14 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.04% to 1.1723, while USD/JPY rose 0.00% to 105.45.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.04% at 93.890.

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