U.S. stocks higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.30%

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At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.30% to hit a new 6-months high, while the S&P 500 index added 1.02%, and the NASDAQ Composite index added 1.73%.

The best performers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), which rose 2.16% or 4.68 points to trade at 221.15 at the close. Meanwhile, Home Depot Inc (NYSE:HD) added 2.03% or 5.80 points to end at 291.93 and Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) was up 1.84% or 2.39 points to 132.18 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Exxon Mobil Corp (NYSE:XOM), which fell 2.13% or 0.87 points to trade at 40.01 at the close. Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ:WBA) declined 2.10% or 0.83 points to end at 38.67 and The Travelers Companies Inc (NYSE:TRV) was down 1.80% or 2.08 points to 113.54.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Salesforce.com Inc (NYSE:CRM) which rose 26.04% to 272.32, Netflix Inc (NASDAQ:NFLX) which was up 11.61% to settle at 547.53 and Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ:ADBE) which gained 9.10% to close at 528.49.

The worst performers were Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd (NYSE:NCLH) which was down 6.15% to 15.72 in late trade, Nordstrom Inc (NYSE:JWN) which lost 5.47% to settle at 14.69 and SL Green Realty Corp (NYSE:SLG) which was down 4.83% to 47.12 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Bigcommerce Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:BIGC) which rose 33.54% to 139.00, Fluent Inc (NASDAQ:FLNT) which was up 31.88% to settle at 3.020 and Fluidigm Corporation (NASDAQ:FLDM) which gained 30.03% to close at 11.43.

The worst performers were OUTLOOK THERAPEUTICS INC (NASDAQ:OTLK) which was down 36.33% to 0.815 in late trade, CohBar Inc (NASDAQ:CWBR) which lost 32.64% to settle at 0.970 and Sphere 3D Corp (NASDAQ:ANY) which was down 28.89% to 1.9200 at the close.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 1850 to 1192 and 98 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1701 fell and 1112 advanced, while 64 ended unchanged.

Shares in Salesforce.com Inc (NYSE:CRM) rose to all time highs; gaining 26.04% or 56.27 to 272.32. Shares in Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ:ADBE) rose to all time highs; gaining 9.10% or 44.06 to 528.49. Shares in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) rose to all time highs; gaining 2.16% or 4.68 to 221.15. Shares in Home Depot Inc (NYSE:HD) rose to all time highs; gaining 2.03% or 5.80 to 291.93. Shares in Bigcommerce Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:BIGC) rose to all time highs; up 33.54% or 34.91 to 139.00. Shares in CohBar Inc (NASDAQ:CWBR) fell to 3-years lows; losing 32.64% or 0.470 to 0.970. Shares in Fluidigm Corporation (NASDAQ:FLDM) rose to 52-week highs; up 30.03% or 2.64 to 11.43.

The CBOE Volatility Index, which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 5.63% to 23.27.

Gold Futures for December delivery was up 2.04% or 39.30 to $1962.40 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in October rose 0.16% or 0.07 to hit $43.42 a barrel, while the November Brent oil contract rose 0.19% or 0.09 to trade at $46.29 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.02% to 1.1831, while USD/JPY rose 0.01% to 105.99.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.13% at 92.900.