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U.S. stocks higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.70%

22/02/2019 22:25:00 Stock Market
U.S. stocks were higher after the close on Friday, as gains in the Technology, Telecoms and Healthcare sectors led shares higher.At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.70% to hit a new 3-months high, while the S&P 500 index climbed 0.64%, and the NASDAQ Composite index added 0.91%.The best performers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC), which rose 2.10% or 1.08 points to trade at 52.49 at the close. Meanwhile, Pfizer Inc (NYSE:PFE) added 1.95% or 0.82 points to end at 42.96 and Boeing Co (NYSE:BA) was up 1.55% or 6.47 points to 424.05 in late trade.The worst performers of the session were Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:KO), which fell 1.26% or 0.58 points to trade at 45.28 at the close. DowDuPont Inc (NYSE:DWDP) declined 0.52% or 0.29 points to end at 54.97 and JPMorgan Chase&Co (NYSE:JPM) was down 0.45% or 0.47 points to 105.00.The top performers on the S&P 500 were Intuit Inc (NASDAQ:INTU) which rose 6.77% to 250.94, Signet Jewelers Ltd (NYSE:SIG) which was up 5.06% to settle at 26.79 and Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ:WDC) which gained 4.87% to close at 49.49.The worst performers were Kraft Heinz Co (NASDAQ:KHC) which was down 27.46% to 34.95 in late trade, Campbell Soup Company (NYSE:CPB) which lost 7.36% to settle at 32.83 and JM Smucker Company (NYSE:SJM) which was down 5.01% to 101.42 at the close.The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Achieve Life Sciences Inc (NASDAQ:ACHV) which rose 84.36% to 3.3000, China Internet Nationwide Financial Services Inc (NASDAQ:CIFS) which was up 39.13% to settle at 1.28 and Dmc Global Inc (NASDAQ:BOOM) which gained 37.51% to close at 48.72.The worst performers were Stampscom Inc (NASDAQ:STMP) which was down 57.77% to 83.65 in late trade, Karyopharm Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:KPTI) which lost 43.48% to settle at 5.07 and Trillium Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:TRIL) which was down 42.99% to 0.73 at the close.Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 2178 to 842 and 93 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1818 rose and 812 declined, while 92 ended unchanged.Shares in Intuit Inc (NASDAQ:INTU) rose to all time highs; up 6.77% or 15.91 to 250.94. Shares in Kraft Heinz Co (NASDAQ:KHC) fell to 5-year lows; falling 27.46% or 13.23 to 34.95. Shares in Boeing Co (NYSE:BA) rose to all time highs; rising 1.55% or 6.47 to 424.05. Shares in Stampscom Inc (NASDAQ:STMP) fell to 52-week lows; losing 57.77% or 114.43 to 83.65. Shares in Karyopharm Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:KPTI) fell to all time lows; losing 43.48% or 3.90 to 5.07. Shares in Trillium Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:TRIL) fell to all time lows; losing 42.99% or 0.55 to 0.73. The CBOE Volatility Index, which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 9.39% to 13.51 a new 3-months low.Gold Futures for April delivery was up 0.21% or 2.85 to $1330.65 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in April rose 0.23% or 0.13 to hit $57.09 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract fell 0.19% or 0.13 to trade at $66.94 a barrel.EUR/USD was up 0.02% to 1.1343, while USD/JPY fell 0.00% to 110.69.The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.06% at 96.405.