U.S. stocks higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.89%

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At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.89%, while the S&P 500 index gained 0.72%, and the NASDAQ Composite index climbed 1.47%.

The best performers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), which rose 5.62% or 11.53 points to trade at 216.54 at the close. Meanwhile, Merck & Company Inc (NYSE:MRK) added 2.87% or 2.30 points to end at 82.54 and Boeing Co (NYSE:BA) was up 2.70% or 4.27 points to 162.27 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Dow Inc (NYSE:DOW), which fell 2.36% or 0.97 points to trade at 40.09 at the close. Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:KO) declined 1.99% or 0.94 points to end at 46.30 and Caterpillar Inc (NYSE:CAT) was down 0.83% or 1.10 points to 131.78.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Varian Medical Systems Inc (NYSE:VAR) which rose 22.04% to 174.17, McKesson Corporation (NYSE:MCK) which was up 6.49% to settle at 159.90 and Cardinal Health Inc (NYSE:CAH) which gained 6.26% to close at 58.04.

The worst performers were Under Armour Inc A (NYSE:UAA) which was down 8.08% to 9.67 in late trade, Under Armour Inc C (NYSE:UA) which lost 7.38% to settle at 8.79 and Foot Locker Inc (NYSE:FL) which was down 7.32% to 27.24 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Marathon Patent Group Inc (NASDAQ:MARA) which rose 88.67% to 3.830, Grindrod Shipping Holdings Ltd (NASDAQ:GRIN) which was up 68.75% to settle at 5.40 and Moxian Inc (NASDAQ:MOXC) which gained 65.17% to close at 1.470.

The worst performers were Tiziana Life Sciences PLC ADR (NASDAQ:TLSA) which was down 21.60% to 5.480 in late trade, 360 Finance Inc (NASDAQ:QFIN) which lost 19.19% to settle at 11.20 and Vislink Technologies Inc (NASDAQ:VISL) which was down 17.61% to 2.5700 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 1989 to 1093 and 59 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 2002 rose and 805 declined, while 46 ended unchanged.

Shares in Varian Medical Systems Inc (NYSE:VAR) rose to all time highs; up 22.04% or 31.45 to 174.17. Shares in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) rose to all time highs; up 5.62% or 11.53 to 216.54. Shares in Marathon Patent Group Inc (NASDAQ:MARA) rose to 52-week highs; gaining 88.67% or 1.800 to 3.830. Shares in Vislink Technologies Inc (NASDAQ:VISL) fell to 52-week highs; losing 17.61% or 0.5494 to 2.5700.

The CBOE Volatility Index, which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 0.74% to 24.28.

Gold Futures for October delivery was up 0.39% or 7.75 to $1981.65 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in September rose 1.19% or 0.48 to hit $40.75 a barrel, while the October Brent oil contract fell 0.02% or 0.01 to trade at $43.88 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.03% to 1.1757, while USD/JPY rose 0.07% to 106.02.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.18% at 93.493.

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