U.S. stocks higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.53%

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At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.53% to hit a new all time high, while the S&P 500 index gained 0.46%, and the NASDAQ Composite index added 0.61%.

The best performers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS), which rose 4.84% or 8.76 points to trade at 189.92 at the close. Meanwhile, Chevron Corp (NYSE:CVX) added 2.95% or 2.63 points to end at 91.89 and Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE:GS) was up 2.21% or 6.50 points to 300.00 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Nike Inc (NYSE:NKE), which fell 1.47% or 2.13 points to trade at 142.98 at the close. Merck & Company Inc (NYSE:MRK) declined 1.35% or 1.02 points to end at 74.78 and Visa Inc Class A (NYSE:V) was down 1.20% or 2.50 points to 206.27.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Affiliated Managers Group Inc (NYSE:AMG) which rose 15.75% to 130.12, Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE:MRO) which was up 13.16% to settle at 8.98 and Occidental Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:OXY) which gained 12.54% to close at 25.39.

The worst performers were Hasbro Inc (NASDAQ:HAS) which was down 4.33% to 93.07 in late trade, Align Technology Inc (NASDAQ:ALGN) which lost 3.61% to settle at 598.08 and Cardinal Health Inc (NYSE:CAH) which was down 2.82% to 52.73 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Ocugen, Inc (NASDAQ:OCGN) which rose 187.81% to 15.1100, Arya Sciences Acquisition Corp Class A (NASDAQ:ARYA) which was up 116.77% to settle at 24.30 and AEterna Zentaris Inc (NASDAQ:AEZS) which gained 112.61% to close at 2.360.

The worst performers were Davidstea Inc (NASDAQ:DTEA) which was down 16.60% to 4.420 in late trade, Erytech Pharma SA ADR (NASDAQ:ERYP) which lost 16.26% to settle at 9.69 and Wah Fu Education Group Ltd (NASDAQ:WAFU) which was down 11.79% to 6.660 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 2183 to 812 and 80 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 2355 rose and 766 declined, while 45 ended unchanged.

Shares in Affiliated Managers Group Inc (NYSE:AMG) rose to 52-week highs; up 15.75% or 17.71 to 130.12. Shares in Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) rose to all time highs; up 4.84% or 8.76 to 189.92. Shares in Ocugen, Inc (NASDAQ:OCGN) rose to 52-week highs; up 187.81% or 9.8600 to 15.1100. Shares in Arya Sciences Acquisition Corp Class A (NASDAQ:ARYA) rose to all time highs; gaining 116.77% or 13.09 to 24.30. Shares in AEterna Zentaris Inc (NASDAQ:AEZS) rose to 52-week highs; rising 112.61% or 1.250 to 2.360.

The CBOE Volatility Index, which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 3.11% to 21.52.

Gold Futures for April delivery was up 1.24% or 22.45 to $1835.45 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in March rose 1.88% or 1.07 to hit $57.92 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract rose 1.63% or 0.97 to trade at $60.53 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.11% to 1.2055, while USD/JPY fell 0.16% to 105.19.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.05% at 90.918.