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U.S. stocks higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.42%

Stock Markets Apr 19, 2019 05:26PM ET
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Investing.com – U.S. stocks were higher after the close on Friday, as gains in the Industrials, Telecoms and Technology sectors led shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.42% to hit a new 6-months high, while the S&P 500 index climbed 0.16%, and the NASDAQ Composite index gained 0.02%.

The best performers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH), which rose 2.26% or 4.91 points to trade at 221.75 at the close. Meanwhile, The Travelers Companies Inc (NYSE:TRV) added 2.25% or 3.06 points to end at 138.93 and McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE:MCD) was up 1.72% or 3.30 points to 194.91 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Pfizer Inc (NYSE:PFE), which fell 1.25% or 0.50 points to trade at 39.38 at the close. Merck & Company Inc (NYSE:MRK) declined 0.99% or 0.73 points to end at 73.19 and Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE:GS) was down 0.96% or 1.99 points to 205.91.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were United Rentals Inc (NYSE:URI) which rose 8.14% to 136.00, Snap-On Inc (NYSE:SNA) which was up 6.48% to settle at 168.07 and Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE:UNP) which gained 4.36% to close at 176.66.

The worst performers were Genuine Parts Co (NYSE:GPC) which was down 6.33% to 105.45 in late trade, Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE:CHK) which lost 4.90% to settle at 2.910 and Mattel Inc (NASDAQ:MAT) which was down 4.36% to 12.49 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Mustang Bio Inc (NASDAQ:MBIO) which rose 112.03% to 5.64, Checkpoint Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:CKPT) which was up 20.73% to settle at 3.32 and Novan Inc (NASDAQ:NOVN) which gained 20.46% to close at 0.78.

The worst performers were Kona Grill Inc (NASDAQ:KONA) which was down 44.44% to 0.30 in late trade, StoneCo Ltd (NASDAQ:STNE) which lost 23.69% to settle at 26.51 and Ideal Power Inc (NASDAQ:IPWR) which was down 23.26% to 0.630 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 138 to 127 and 17 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 0 fell and 0 advanced.

Shares in Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE:UNP) rose to all time highs; rising 4.36% or 7.38 to 176.66. Shares in The Travelers Companies Inc (NYSE:TRV) rose to 52-week highs; gaining 2.25% or 3.06 to 138.93. Shares in McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE:MCD) rose to all time highs; gaining 1.72% or 3.30 to 194.91. Shares in Kona Grill Inc (NASDAQ:KONA) fell to all time lows; down 44.44% or 0.24 to 0.30.

The CBOE Volatility Index, which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was unchanged 0.00% to 12.09.

Gold Futures for June delivery was down 0.01% or 0.01 to $1277.90 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in May rose 0.38% or 0.24 to hit $64.00 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract fell 0.04% or 0.03 to trade at $71.95 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.15% to 1.1245, while USD/JPY fell 0.04% to 111.92.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.49% at 97.132.

U.S. stocks higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.42%
 

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It tell you this place has a lot of credibility.
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Pretty impressive as all US exchanges were closed for Good Friday.
 
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