U.S. stocks higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 6.38%

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At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 6.38%, while the S&P 500 index added 6.24%, and the NASDAQ Composite index gained 5.60%.

The best performers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Boeing Co (NYSE:BA), which rose 13.75% or 21.82 points to trade at 180.55 at the close. Meanwhile, Chevron Corp (NYSE:CVX) added 10.26% or 7.11 points to end at 76.38 and Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ:WBA) was up 10.21% or 4.23 points to 45.67 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Dow Inc (NYSE:DOW), which fell 2.30% or 0.70 points to trade at 29.68 at the close. Walmart Inc (NYSE:WMT) added 0.38% or 0.42 points to end at 109.82 and McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE:MCD) was up 2.68% or 4.37 points to 167.35.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Coty Inc (NYSE:COTY) which rose 24.16% to 6.68, Sysco Corporation (NYSE:SYY) which was up 17.15% to settle at 53.48 and Citizens Financial Group Inc (NYSE:CFG) which gained 17.00% to close at 20.72.

The worst performers were Macerich Company (NYSE:MAC) which was down 10.74% to 6.90 in late trade, Macy’s Inc (NYSE:M) which lost 10.14% to settle at 5.94 and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd (NYSE:NCLH) which was down 7.37% to 15.71 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Chanticleer Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:BURG) which rose 97.50% to 0.7900, Otelco Inc (NASDAQ:OTEL) which was up 70.36% to settle at 6.15 and Biosig Technologies Inc (NASDAQ:BSGM) which gained 58.40% to close at 6.13.

The worst performers were Capricor Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:CAPR) which was down 29.70% to 1.420 in late trade, SWK Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:SWKH) which lost 26.92% to settle at 9.5000 and XpresSpa Group Inc (NASDAQ:XSPA) which was down 26.57% to 0.2343 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 2495 to 419 and 26 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 2209 rose and 493 declined, while 40 ended unchanged.

The CBOE Volatility Index, which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 4.61% to 61.00.

Gold Futures for April delivery was up 0.36% or 5.90 to $1639.30 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in May fell 5.43% or 1.33 to hit $23.16 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract rose 0.41% or 0.11 to trade at $26.96 a barrel.

EUR/USD was unchanged 0.00% to 1.1028, while USD/JPY rose 0.10% to 109.69.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 1.44% at 99.542.