U.S. stocks higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 1.95%

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At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 1.95%, while the S&P 500 index gained 2.38%, and the NASDAQ Composite index added 3.01%.

The best performers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Boeing Co (NYSE:BA), which rose 5.84% or 12.38 points to trade at 224.39 at the close. Meanwhile, Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) added 5.39% or 6.53 points to end at 127.79 and Dow Inc (NYSE:DOW) was up 3.76% or 2.23 points to 61.54 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Merck & Company Inc (NYSE:MRK), which fell 0.33% or 0.24 points to trade at 72.38 at the close. Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ:WBA) declined 0.17% or 0.08 points to end at 47.85 and Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE:VZ) was up 0.11% or 0.06 points to 55.36.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Dentsply Sirona Inc (NASDAQ:XRAY) which rose 12.51% to 59.71, NRG Energy Inc (NYSE:NRG) which was up 10.55% to settle at 40.36 and Invesco Plc (NYSE:IVZ) which gained 10.35% to close at 24.74.

The worst performers were SBA Communications Corp (NASDAQ:SBAC) which was down 2.82% to 247.94 in late trade, Albemarle Corp (NYSE:ALB) which lost 2.71% to settle at 152.95 and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (NYSE:RCL) which was down 2.06% to 91.35 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Morphic Holding Inc (NASDAQ:MORF) which rose 134.65% to 84.85, Aemetis Inc (NASDAQ:AMTX) which was up 51.88% to settle at 14.9300 and Canaan Inc (NASDAQ:CAN) which gained 46.77% to close at 22.25.

The worst performers were Athenex Inc (NASDAQ:ATNX) which was down 54.88% to 5.46 in late trade, Ontrak Inc (NASDAQ:OTRK) which lost 46.35% to settle at 31.62 and CorMedix Inc (NASDAQ:CRMD) which was down 39.87% to 9.02 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 1972 to 435 and 32 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 2718 rose and 621 declined, while 51 ended unchanged.

Shares in Invesco Plc (NYSE:IVZ) rose to 52-week highs; rising 10.35% or 2.32 to 24.74. Shares in Morphic Holding Inc (NASDAQ:MORF) rose to all time highs; rising 134.65% or 48.69 to 84.85. Shares in Athenex Inc (NASDAQ:ATNX) fell to all time lows; losing 54.88% or 6.64 to 5.46. Shares in Aemetis Inc (NASDAQ:AMTX) rose to 5-year highs; up 51.88% or 5.1000 to 14.9300.

The CBOE Volatility Index, which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 16.46% to 23.35.

Gold Futures for April delivery was down 0.33% or 5.70 to $1723.10 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in April fell 2.11% or 1.30 to hit $60.20 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract rose 0.11% or 0.07 to trade at $63.35 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.00% to 1.2047, while USD/JPY rose 0.01% to 106.77.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.16% at 91.028.