U.S. stocks higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 1.15%

Oct 12, 2018

U.S. stocks were higher after the close on Friday, as gains in the Technology, Consumer Services and Healthcare sectors led shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 1.15%, while the S&P 500 index added 1.42%, and the NASDAQ Composite index gained 2.29%.

The best performers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Visa Inc. (NYSE:V), which rose 4.73% or 6.33 points to trade at 140.06 at the close. Meanwhile, Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ:WBA) added 3.67% or 2.60 points to end at 73.50 and Cisco Systems Inc.(NASDAQ:CSCO) was up 3.60% or 1.59 points to 45.71 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were JPMorgan Chase&Co (NYSE:JPM), which fell 1.09% or 1.18 points to trade at 106.95 at the close. The Travelers Companies Inc.(NYSE:TRV) declined 0.53% or 0.66 points to end at 123.65 and Chevron Corp (NYSE:CVX) was down 0.56% or 0.66 points to 117.77.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Netflix Inc.(NASDAQ:NFLX) which rose 5.75% to 339.56, Autodesk Inc (NASDAQ:ADSK) which was up 5.57% to settle at 138.18 and Intuit Inc (NASDAQ:INTU) which gained 5.55% to close at 211.82.

The worst performers were PNC Financial Services Group Inc (NYSE:PNC) which was down 5.58% to 124.26 in late trade, Freeport-McMoran Copper&Gold Inc (NYSE:FCX) which lost 3.34% to settle at 12.74 and Signet Jewelers Ltd (NYSE:SIG) which was down 3.20% to 58.03 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Corium International Inc (NASDAQ:CORI) which rose 52.83% to 12.700, Auris Medical Holding AG (NASDAQ:EARS) which was up 44.12% to settle at 0.980 and Youngevity International Inc (NASDAQ:YGYI) which gained 40.74% to close at 13.300.

The worst performers were Immune Design Corp (NASDAQ:IMDZ) which was down 33.69% to 1.85 in late trade, Intellipharmaceutics International Inc (NASDAQ:IPCI) which lost 21.00% to settle at 0.640 and Kelly Services B Inc (NASDAQ:KELYB) which was down 20.00% to 17.600 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 1759 to 1326 and 70 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1555 rose and 1074 declined, while 91 ended unchanged.

Shares in PNC Financial Services Group Inc (NYSE:PNC) fell to 52-week lows; losing 5.58% or 7.35 to 124.26. Shares in Freeport-McMoran Copper&Gold Inc (NYSE:FCX) fell to 52-week lows; down 3.34% or 0.44 to 12.74. Shares in Immune Design Corp (NASDAQ:IMDZ) fell to all time lows; down 33.69% or 0.94 to 1.85. Shares in Intellipharmaceutics International Inc (NASDAQ:IPCI) fell to all time lows; losing 21.00% or 0.170 to 0.640. Shares in Youngevity International Inc (NASDAQ:YGYI) rose to 5-year highs; up 40.74% or 3.850 to 13.300.

The CBOE Volatility Index, which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 13.83% to 21.31.

Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.53% or 6.50 to $1221.10 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in November rose 0.77% or 0.55 to hit $71.52 a barrel, while the December Brent oil contract rose 0.34% or 0.27 to trade at $80.53 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.31% to 1.1557, while USD/JPY rose 0.03% to 112.20.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.27% at 94.95.