U.S. stocks higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 1.27%

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At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 1.27% to hit a new 3-months high, while the S&P 500 index added 1.73%, and the NASDAQ Composite index added 2.09%.

The best performers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS), which rose 3.30% or 3.88 points to trade at 121.57 at the close. Meanwhile, Merck & Company Inc (NYSE:MRK) added 2.35% or 2.09 points to end at 91.02 and Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) was up 2.15% or 3.63 points to 172.12 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ), which fell 1.10% or 1.84 points to trade at 165.30 at the close. Amgen Inc (NASDAQ:AMGN) added 0.02% or 0.04 points to end at 248.39 and Visa Inc Class A (NYSE:V) was up 0.12% or 0.25 points to 211.33.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Broadridge Financial Solutions Inc (NYSE:BR) which rose 7.93% to 183.19, Albemarle Corp (NYSE:ALB) which was up 5.98% to settle at 281.60 and Penn National Gaming Inc (NASDAQ:PENN) which gained 5.90% to close at 37.70.

The worst performers were Illumina Inc (NASDAQ:ILMN) which was down 8.40% to 208.32 in late trade, PerkinElmer Inc (NYSE:PKI) which lost 1.89% to settle at 157.91 and Organon & Co (NYSE:OGN) which was down 1.34% to 30.99 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Embark Technology Inc (NASDAQ:EMBK) which rose 84.80% to 1.07, Twin Vee Powercats Co (NASDAQ:VEEE) which was up 77.50% to settle at 7.10 and AN2 Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:ANTX) which gained 64.66% to close at 19.38.

The worst performers were Performance Shipping Inc (NASDAQ:PSHG) which was down 44.88% to 0.34 in late trade, PLx Pharma Inc (NASDAQ:PLXP) which lost 36.68% to settle at 1.64 and Imac Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:BACK) which was down 33.36% to 0.63 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 2497 to 605 and 106 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 2758 rose and 1004 declined, while 168 ended unchanged.

Shares in Twin Vee Powercats Co (NASDAQ:VEEE) rose to 52-week highs; rising 77.50% or 3.10 to 7.10. Shares in PLx Pharma Inc (NASDAQ:PLXP) fell to 3-years lows; falling 36.68% or 0.95 to 1.64. Shares in AN2 Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:ANTX) rose to all time highs; rising 64.66% or 7.61 to 19.38. Shares in Imac Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:BACK) fell to 52-week lows; down 33.36% or 0.32 to 0.63.

The CBOE Volatility Index, which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 3.32% to 19.53 a new 3-months low.

Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.53% or 9.55 to $1,816.75 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in September fell 2.68% or 2.53 to hit $91.81 a barrel, while the October Brent oil contract fell 1.75% or 1.74 to trade at $97.86 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.56% to 1.03, while USD/JPY rose 0.38% to 133.51.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.53% at 105.55.