The best performers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE:GS), which rose 1.89% or 4.53 points to trade at 244.46 at the close. Meanwhile, JPMorgan Chase & Co (NYSE:JPM) added 1.71% or 1.45 points to end at 86.18 and American Express Company (NYSE:AXP) was up 1.46% or 1.08 points to 75.16 in late trade.
The worst performers of the session were Nike Inc (NYSE:NKE), which fell 1.14% or 0.59 points to trade at 51.20 at the close. General Electric Company (NYSE:GE) declined 0.92% or 0.29 points to end at 31.21 and United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX) was down 0.89% or 0.97 points to 108.30.
The top performers on the S&P 500 were Universal Health Services Inc (NYSE:UHS) which rose 6.80% to 108.46, Xilinx Inc (NASDAQ:XLNX) which was up 5.96% to settle at 60.11 and Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE:LLY) which gained 5.63% to close at 71.48.
The worst performers were PVH Corp (NYSE:PVH) which was down 5.95% to 94.07 in late trade, Yahoo! Inc (NASDAQ:YHOO) which lost 5.83% to settle at 38.52 and Ralph Lauren Corporation (NYSE:RL) which was down 4.84% to 96.83 at the close.
The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Catalyst Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ:CBIO) which rose 105.27% to 1.090, Euroseas Ltd (NASDAQ:ESEA) which was up 89.21% to settle at 2.630 and Diana Containerships Inc (NASDAQ:DCIX) which gained 71.36% to close at 3.5300.
The worst performers were Pacific Biosciences of California (NASDAQ:PACB) which was down 43.41% to 3.905 in late trade, Ocean Rig UDW Inc (NASDAQ:ORIG) which lost 29.42% to settle at 1.59 and Amicus Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:FOLD) which was down 17.27% to 4.84 at the close.
Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 1723 to 1446 and 76 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1549 rose and 940 declined, while 108 ended unchanged.
Shares in Xilinx Inc (NASDAQ:XLNX) rose to 5-year highs; up 5.96% or 3.38 to 60.11. Shares in Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE:GS) rose to 5-year highs; gaining 1.89% or 4.53 to 244.46. Shares in JPMorgan Chase & Co (NYSE:JPM) rose to all time highs; up 1.71% or 1.45 to 86.18. Shares in American Express Company (NYSE:AXP) rose to 52-week highs; rising 1.46% or 1.08 to 75.16. Shares in Pacific Biosciences of California (NASDAQ:PACB) fell to 52-week lows; down 43.41% or 2.995 to 3.905. Shares in Amicus Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:FOLD) fell to 52-week lows; falling 17.27% or 1.01 to 4.84.
The CBOE Volatility Index, which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 2.12% to 12.91.
Gold for February delivery was down 2.79% or 32.50 to $1131.20 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in January fell 0.12% or 0.06 to hit $50.98 a barrel, while the February Brent oil contract rose 0.37% or 0.20 to trade at $54.10 a barrel.
EUR/USD was down 1.18% to 1.0410, while USD/JPY rose 0.93% to 118.12.
The US Dollar Index was up 1.14% at 103.19.
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