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

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

U.S. stocks were higher after the close on Monday, as gains in the Consumer Services, Oil & Gas and Telecoms sectors led shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.42%, while the S&P 500 index gained 0.70%, and the NASDAQ Composite index gained 1.26%.

The best performers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Home Depot Inc (NYSE:HD), which rose 1.97% or 3.42 points to trade at 177.04 at the close. Meanwhile, Visa Inc (NYSE:V) added 1.80% or 2.41 points to end at 136.06 and Nike Inc (NYSE:NKE) was up 1.43% or 1.07 points to 75.72 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:KO), which fell 1.30% or 0.62 points to trade at 46.95 at the close. Merck & Company Inc (NYSE:MRK) declined 1.10% or 0.84 points to end at 75.43 and Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) was down 0.64% or 0.82 points to 127.01.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Advanced Micro Devices Inc (NASDAQ:AMD) which rose 8.26% to 20.57, Mattel Inc (NASDAQ:MAT) which was up 7.68% to settle at 11.21 and Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc (NYSE:CMG) which gained 6.63% to close at 485.15.

The worst performers were Pacific Gas & Electric Co (NYSE:PCG) which was down 22.34% to 18.95 in late trade, Medtronic PLC (NYSE:MDT) which lost 6.45% to settle at 82.45 and Philip Morris International Inc (NYSE:PM) which was down 3.06% to 67.42 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Axsome Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:AXSM) which rose 161.22% to 6.87, Loxo Oncology Inc (NASDAQ:LOXO) which was up 66.33% to settle at 232.65 and Advaxis Inc (NASDAQ:ADXS) which gained 47.60% to close at 0.41.

The worst performers were ContraFect Corp (NASDAQ:CFRX) which was down 54.95% to 0.874 in late trade, La Jolla Pharmaceutical Co (NASDAQ:LJPC) which lost 50.19% to settle at 5.24 and Natural Health Trend (NASDAQ:NHTC) which was down 24.73% to 14.8800 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 2429 to 670 and 56 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1997 rose and 654 declined, while 59 ended unchanged.

Shares in Axsome Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:AXSM) rose to 52-week highs; rising 161.22% or 4.24 to 6.87. Shares in ContraFect Corp (NASDAQ:CFRX) fell to all time lows; losing 54.95% or 1.066 to 0.874. Shares in Loxo Oncology Inc (NASDAQ:LOXO) rose to all time highs; rising 66.33% or 92.78 to 232.65. Shares in La Jolla Pharmaceutical Co (NASDAQ:LJPC) fell to 5-year lows; falling 50.19% or 5.28 to 5.24.

The CBOE Volatility Index, which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 0.09% to 21.40.

Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.32% or 4.10 to $1289.90 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in February rose 1.54% or 0.74 to hit $48.70 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract rose 0.91% or 0.52 to trade at $57.58 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.72% to 1.1476, while USD/JPY rose 0.14% to 108.67.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.53% at 95.245.