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Investing.com – U.S. stocks were higher after the close on Thursday, as gains in the Oil&Gas, Financials and Industrials sectors led shares higher.

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At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 1.48%, while the S&P 500 index added 1.21%, and the NASDAQ Composite index added 1.04%.

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The best performers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Salesforce.com Inc (NYSE:CRM), which rose 7.21% or 18.69 points to trade at 277.86 at the close. Meanwhile, American Express Company (NYSE:AXP) added 3.50% or 5.87 points to end at 173.36 and JPMorgan Chase&Co (NYSE:JPM) was up 3.38% or 5.27 points to 161.18 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Coca-Cola Co (NYSE:KO), which fell 0.17% or 0.09 points to trade at 54.04 at the close. UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH) declined 0.16% or 0.67 points to end at 408.03 and Home Depot Inc (NYSE:HD) was down 0.01% or 0.02 points to 335.91.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Devon Energy Corporation (NYSE:DVN) which rose 7.75% to 32.80, Salesforce.com Inc (NYSE:CRM) which was up 7.21% to settle at 277.86 and APA Corporation (NASDAQ:APA) which gained 7.06% to close at 21.54.

The worst performers were Entergy Corporation (NYSE:ETR) which was down 3.19% to 102.61 in late trade, Digital Realty Trust Inc (NYSE:DLR) which lost 3.04% to settle at 154.68 and ResMed Inc (NYSE:RMD) which was down 1.99% to 282.75 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Medirom Healthcare Technologies Inc (NASDAQ:MRM) which rose 73.23% to 12.800, Transcode Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:RNAZ) which was up 53.44% to settle at 4.02 and Amplitude Healthcare Acquisition Corp (NASDAQ:AMHC) which gained 40.37% to close at 14.360.

The worst performers were Eargo Inc (NASDAQ:EAR) which was down 68.34% to 6.86 in late trade, China Liberal Education Holdings (NASDAQ:CLEU) which lost 28.52% to settle at 2.130 and Aterian Inc (NASDAQ:ATER) which was down 28.23% to 12.00 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 2164 to 1022 and 135 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 2664 rose and 910 declined, while 153 ended unchanged.

Shares in Devon Energy Corporation (NYSE:DVN) rose to 52-week highs; up 7.75% or 2.36 to 32.80. Shares in Salesforce.com Inc (NYSE:CRM) rose to 52-week highs; up 7.21% or 18.69 to 277.86. Shares in Salesforce.com Inc (NYSE:CRM) rose to 52-week highs; up 7.21% or 18.69 to 277.86. Shares in Eargo Inc (NASDAQ:EAR) fell to all time lows; falling 68.34% or 14.81 to 6.86. Shares in Amplitude Healthcare Acquisition Corp (NASDAQ:AMHC) rose to all time highs; rising 40.37% or 4.130 to 14.360.

The CBOE Volatility Index, which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 10.73% to 18.63.

Gold Futures for December delivery was down 2.12% or 37.70 to $1741.10 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in November rose 1.41% or 1.02 to hit $73.25 a barrel, while the November Brent oil contract rose 1.37% or 1.04 to trade at $77.23 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.46% to 1.1739, while USD/JPY rose 0.51% to 110.33.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.38% at 93.102.

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