The best performers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH), which rose 1.83% or 4.50 points to trade at 250.20 at the close. Meanwhile, Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) added 1.19% or 1.65 points to end at 140.89 and Merck & Company Inc (NYSE:MRK) was up 1.03% or 0.87 points to 85.36 in late trade.
The worst performers of the session were Dow Inc (NYSE:DOW), which fell 2.24% or 1.11 points to trade at 48.50 at the close. Boeing Co (NYSE:BA) declined 1.43% or 5.33 points to end at 368.63 and Nike Inc (NYSE:NKE) was down 0.91% or 0.77 points to 83.53.
The top performers on the S&P 500 were Pacific Gas & Electric Co (NYSE:PCG) which rose 7.16% to 20.51, Allergan PLC (NYSE:AGN) which was up 6.21% to settle at 128.13 and Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ:ADBE) which gained 5.21% to close at 291.21.
The worst performers were Mattel Inc (NASDAQ:MAT) which was down 5.39% to 11.41 in late trade, EQT Corporation (NYSE:EQT) which lost 5.01% to settle at 15.16 and Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE:CHK) which was down 3.68% to 1.830 at the close.
The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Akerna Corp (NASDAQ:KERN) which rose 224.43% to 49.80, Melinta Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:MLNT) which was up 223.74% to settle at 6.410 and Diversicare Healthcare Services Inc (NASDAQ:DVCR) which gained 89.15% to close at 4.73.
The worst performers were Jensyn Acquisition Corp (NASDAQ:JSYN) which was down 44.97% to 5.090 in late trade, Legacy Reserves Inc (NASDAQ:LGCY) which lost 27.59% to settle at 0.0790 and Genocea Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ:GNCA) which was down 24.80% to 3.850 at the close.
Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 1840 to 1186 and 26 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1466 rose and 1173 declined, while 102 ended unchanged.
Shares in EQT Corporation (NYSE:EQT) fell to 5-year lows; down 5.01% or 0.80 to 15.16. Shares in Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ:ADBE) rose to all time highs; up 5.21% or 14.43 to 291.21. Shares in Merck & Company Inc (NYSE:MRK) rose to 5-year highs; up 1.03% or 0.87 to 85.36. Shares in Akerna Corp (NASDAQ:KERN) rose to all time highs; gaining 224.43% or 34.45 to 49.80. Shares in Jensyn Acquisition Corp (NASDAQ:JSYN) fell to all time lows; losing 44.97% or 4.160 to 5.090. Shares in Legacy Reserves Inc (NASDAQ:LGCY) fell to all time lows; falling 27.59% or 0.0301 to 0.0790.
The CBOE Volatility Index, which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 5.41% to 14.33 a new 1-month low.
Gold Futures for August delivery was up 1.02% or 13.75 to $1364.45 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in August rose 0.54% or 0.29 to hit $54.40 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract unchanged 0.00% or 0.00 to trade at $62.22 a barrel.
EUR/USD was up 0.04% to 1.1229, while USD/JPY fell 0.01% to 108.08.
The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.43% at 96.733.
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