U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.13%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.13%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Oil & Gas , Utilities and Basic Materials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 0.13%, while the S&P 500 index added 0.22%, and the NASDAQ Composite index added 0.22%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE: WMT ), which rose 1.82% or 1.33 points to trade at 74.26 at the close. Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX ) added 1.30% or 1.33 points to end at 103.55 and EI du Pont de Nemours and Company (NYSE: DD ) was up 1.20% or 0.82 points to 69.44 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Caterpillar Inc (NYSE: CAT ), which lost 1.23% or 1.04 points to trade at 83.37 in late trade. Home Depot Inc (NYSE: HD ) declined 0.98% or 1.33 points to end at 134.82 and Cisco Systems Inc (NASDAQ: CSCO ) shed 0.78% or 0.24 points to 30.48.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were NetApp Inc (NASDAQ: NTAP ) which rose 17.43% to 33.88, Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE: CHK ) which was up 9.07% to settle at 6.195 and Williams Companies Inc (NYSE: WMB ) which gained 7.83% to close at 28.10.

The worst performers were Agilent Technologies Inc (NYSE: A ) which was down 3.51% to 46.73 in late trade, CF Industries Holdings Inc (NYSE: CF ) which lost 2.45% to settle at 22.74 and Staples Inc (NASDAQ: SPLS ) which was down 2.19% to 8.48 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Sunedison Semiconductor Ltd (NASDAQ: SEMI ) which rose 39.01% to 11.51, GWG Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: GWGH ) which was up 35.25% to settle at 10.82 and Sophiris Bio Inc (NASDAQ: SPHS ) which gained 27.64% to close at 5.680.

The worst performers were Auris Medical Holding AG (NASDAQ: EARS ) which was down 59.81% to 2.150 in late trade, Cerulean Ph (NASDAQ: CERU ) which lost 56.20% to settle at 1.200 and Juniper Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: JNP ) which was down 19.13% to 5.750 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2208 to 954 and 86 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1677 rose and 862 declined, while 97 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 6.23% to 11.43.

In commodities trading, Gold for December delivery was up 0.61% or 8.25 to $1357.05 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in September rose 3.21% or 1.50 to hit $48.29 a barrel, while the October Brent oil contract rose 2.03% or 1.01 to trade at $50.86 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.58% to 1.1355, while USD/JPY fell 0.35% to 99.93.

The US Dollar Index was down 0.61% at 94.11.

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