U.S. stocks higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.50%

Aug 07, 2018

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

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 0.50% to hit a new 3-months high, while the S&P 500 index climbed 0.28%, and the NASDAQ Composite index climbed 0.31%.

The best performers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Caterpillar Inc (NYSE:CAT), which rose 2.08% or 2.90 points to trade at 142.38 at the close. Meanwhile, Exxon Mobil Corp (NYSE:XOM) added 1.36% or 1.09 points to end at 81.27 and Nike Inc (NYSE:NKE) was up 1.28% or 1.02 points to 80.53 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Apple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL), which fell 0.94% or 1.96 points to trade at 207.11 at the close. Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ:WBA) declined 0.55% or 0.37 points to end at 67.05 and Pfizer Inc (NYSE:PFE) was down 0.49% or 0.20 points to 40.84.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Mosaic Company (NYSE:MOS) which rose 5.32% to 31.70, Emerson Electric Company (NYSE:EMR) which was up 4.24% to settle at 74.66 and LKQ Corporation (NASDAQ:LKQ) which gained 3.84% to close at 34.37.

The worst performers were Dentsply Sirona Inc (NASDAQ:XRAY) which was down 18.65% to 39.41 in late trade, Patterson Companies Inc (NASDAQ:PDCO) which lost 9.46% to settle at 22.62 and Expeditors International Washington (NASDAQ:EXPD) which was down 5.88% to 72.93 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Wins Finance Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:WINS) which rose 96.79% to 120.00, iFresh Inc (NASDAQ:IFMK) which was up 71.25% to settle at 4.11 and Egalet Corp (NASDAQ:EGLT) which gained 36.42% to close at 0.58.

The worst performers were Bellerophon Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:BLPH) which was down 68.44% to 0.710 in late trade, Gemphire Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:GEMP) which lost 50.55% to settle at 3.63 and Luminex Corporation (NASDAQ:LMNX) which was down 28.04% to 24.98 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 1606 to 1431 and 137 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1366 rose and 1173 declined, while 147 ended unchanged.

Shares in Mosaic Company (NYSE:MOS) rose to 52-week highs; up 5.32% or 1.60 to 31.70. Shares in Dentsply Sirona Inc (NASDAQ:XRAY) fell to 5-year lows; down 18.65% or 9.04 to 39.41. Shares in Emerson Electric Company (NYSE:EMR) rose to all time highs; gaining 4.24% or 3.04 to 74.66. Shares in Nike Inc.(NYSE:NKE) rose to all time highs; rising 1.28% or 1.02 to 80.53. Shares in Bellerophon Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:BLPH) fell to 52-week lows; falling 68.44% or 1.540 to 0.710. Shares in Gemphire Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:GEMP) fell to all time lows; down 50.55% or 3.71 to 3.63.

The CBOE Volatility Index, which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 3.02% to 10.93 a new 6-months low.

Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.08% or 1.00 to $1218.70 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in September rose 0.07% or 0.05 to hit $69.06 a barrel, while the October Brent oil contract rose 1.06% or 0.78 to trade at $74.53 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.39% to 1.1599, while USD/JPY fell 0.03% to 111.38.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.20% at 95.00.