U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.06%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.06%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Tuesday, as gains in the Technology , Basic Materials and Consumer Services sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.06%, while the S&P 500 index climbed 0.22%, and the NASDAQ Composite index gained 0.45%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL ), which rose 0.63% or 0.73 points to trade at 117.25 at the close. Cisco Systems Inc (NASDAQ: CSCO ) added 0.49% or 0.15 points to end at 30.68 and Merck & Company Inc (NYSE: MRK ) was up 0.39% or 0.23 points to 59.79 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Nike Inc (NYSE: NKE ), which lost 1.19% or 0.62 points to trade at 51.29 in late trade. Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE: PG ) declined 0.42% or 0.36 points to end at 84.60 and UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE: UNH ) shed 0.24% or 0.39 points to 162.64.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA ) which rose 6.87% to 117.32, First Solar Inc (NASDAQ: FSLR ) which was up 4.20% to settle at 33.99 and CF Industries Holdings Inc (NYSE: CF ) which gained 4.04% to close at 31.95.

The worst performers were Mallinckrodt (NYSE: MNK ) which was down 2.65% to 51.77 in late trade, Endo International PLC (NASDAQ: ENDP ) which lost 2.27% to settle at 15.90 and Mattel Inc (NASDAQ: MAT ) which was down 1.80% to 27.83 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Ignite Restaurant Group Inc (NASDAQ: IRG ) which rose 87.52% to 0.727, Moleculin Biotech Inc (NASDAQ: MBRX ) which was up 39.59% to settle at 2.75 and Conatus Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: CNAT ) which gained 37.92% to close at 6.110.

The worst performers were Endologix Inc (NASDAQ: ELGX ) which was down 26.70% to 5.27 in late trade, Pernix Therapeutics Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: PTX ) which lost 19.32% to settle at 2.130 and Sphere 3D Corp (NASDAQ: ANY ) which was down 16.06% to 0.260 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1983 to 1249 and 39 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1468 rose and 1046 declined, while 119 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 4.63% to 11.97.

In commodities trading, Gold for February delivery was up 0.56% or 6.35 to $1139.95 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in February rose 1.55% or 0.82 to hit $53.84 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract rose 1.56% or 0.87 to trade at $56.77 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.03% to 1.0457, while USD/JPY rose 0.30% to 117.44.

The US Dollar Index was up 0.06% at 103.01.

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