. U.S. stocks higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 1.56% – U.S. stocks were higher after the close on Thursday, as gains in the Basic Materials, Technology and Industrials sectors led shares higher.At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 1.56% to hit a new 1-month high, while the S&P 500 index climbed 1.71%, and the NASDAQ Composite index added 1.73%.The best performers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ:WBA), which rose 7.43% or 3.51 points to trade at 50.77 at the close. Meanwhile, UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH) added 4.17% or 16.81 points to end at 420.36 and Dow Inc (NYSE:DOW) was up 3.22% or 1.83 points to 58.74 in late trade.The worst performers of the session were Boeing Co (NYSE:BA), which fell 1.96% or 4.34 points to trade at 217.44 at the close. Merck & Company Inc (NYSE:MRK) declined 0.79% or 0.62 points to end at 78.33 and The Travelers Companies Inc (NYSE:TRV) was up 0.19% or 0.30 points to 156.69.The top performers on the S&P 500 were Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ:WBA) which rose 7.43% to 50.77, APA Corporation (NASDAQ:APA) which was up 6.54% to settle at 26.22 and Affiliated Managers Group Inc (NYSE:AMG) which gained 4.56% to close at 158.86.The worst performers were U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB) which was down 2.25% to 60.08 in late trade, Boeing Co (NYSE:BA) which lost 1.96% to settle at 217.44 and Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC) which was down 1.61% to 45.31 at the close.The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Grove Inc (NASDAQ:GRVI) which rose 35.13% to 6.77, NRX Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:NRXP) which was up 26.17% to settle at 11.91 and Broadwind Energy Inc (NASDAQ:BWEN) which gained 25.82% to close at 3.460.The worst performers were Teligent Inc (NASDAQ:TLGT) which was down 39.56% to 0.2014 in late trade, Up Fintech Holding Ltd (NASDAQ:TIGR) which lost 21.19% to settle at 8.18 and Waitr Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:WTRH) which was down 18.90% to 1.0300 at the close.Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 2464 to 763 and 126 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 2296 rose and 1298 declined, while 167 ended unchanged.Shares in APA Corporation (NASDAQ:APA) rose to 52-week highs; gaining 6.54% or 1.61 to 26.22. Shares in Teligent Inc (NASDAQ:TLGT) fell to all time lows; losing 39.56% or 0.1318 to 0.2014. The CBOE Volatility Index, which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 9.55% to 16.86 a new 1-month low.Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.20% or 3.55 to $1798.25 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in November rose 1.36% or 1.09 to hit $81.53 a barrel, while the December Brent oil contract rose 1.31% or 1.09 to trade at $84.27 a barrel.EUR/USD was up 0.06% to 1.1599, while USD/JPY rose 0.40% to 113.68.The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.12% at 93.970.