U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.19%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.19%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Technology , Healthcare and Industrials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.19% to hit a new all time high, while the S&P 500 index gained 0.43%, and the NASDAQ Composite index gained 1.06%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT ), which rose 5.31% or 2.82 points to trade at 55.91 at the close. Cisco Systems Inc (NASDAQ: CSCO ) added 2.37% or 0.71 points to end at 30.63 and Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC ) was up 1.54% or 0.54 points to 35.69 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS ), which lost 1.26% or 1.25 points to trade at 98.22 in late trade. Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM ) declined 0.57% or 0.54 points to end at 93.93 and General Electric Company (NYSE: GE ) shed 0.46% or 0.15 points to 32.78.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ: CTAS ) which rose 9.68% to 106.85, Mallinckrodt (NYSE: MNK ) which was up 7.50% to settle at 66.82 and Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE: CHK ) which gained 5.33% to close at 4.740.

The worst performers were Kellogg Company (NYSE: K ) which was down 5.43% to 82.26 in late trade, Newmont Mining Corporation (NYSE: NEM ) which lost 5.07% to settle at 39.29 and M&T Bank Corporation (NYSE: MTB ) which was down 4.18% to 113.81 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were OpGen Inc (NASDAQ: OPGN ) which rose 135.67% to 3.700, Globus Maritime Ltd (NASDAQ: GLBS ) which was up 86.05% to settle at 0.8000 and Ocean Power Technologies Inc (NASDAQ: OPTT ) which gained 75.98% to close at 13.920.

The worst performers were Zafgen Inc (NASDAQ: ZFGN ) which was down 52.00% to 3.24 in late trade, Real Goods Solar Inc (NASDAQ: RGSE ) which lost 19.73% to settle at 6.5900 and China Cmrcl (NASDAQ: CCCR ) which was down 18.79% to 1.3400 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2163 to 1112 and 27 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1752 rose and 829 declined, while 64 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 1.59% to 11.78 a new 52-week low.

In commodities trading, Gold for August delivery was down 1.33% or 17.70 to $1314.60 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in September rose 0.46% or 0.21 to hit $45.66 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract rose 0.99% or 0.46 to trade at $47.12 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.08% to 1.1012, while USD/JPY rose 0.66% to 106.83.

The US Dollar Index was up 0.10% at 97.16.

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