U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.44%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.44%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Healthcare , Technology and Consumer Services sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.44%, while the S&P 500 index added 0.54%, and the NASDAQ Composite index gained 0.75%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Merck & Company Inc (NYSE: MRK ), which rose 2.00% or 1.16 points to trade at 59.16 at the close. Home Depot Inc (NYSE: HD ) added 1.72% or 2.22 points to end at 131.57 and Cisco Systems Inc (NASDAQ: CSCO ) was up 1.38% or 0.39 points to 28.72 in late trade.

Biggest losers included EI du Pont de Nemours and Company (NYSE: DD ), which lost 1.76% or 1.11 points to trade at 61.85 in late trade. Visa Inc (NYSE: V ) declined 0.82% or 0.61 points to end at 74.06 and Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE: PG ) shed 0.48% or 0.41 points to 85.03.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were CarMax Inc (NYSE: KMX ) which rose 5.63% to 50.45, Martin Marietta Materials Inc (NYSE: MLM ) which was up 4.38% to settle at 194.92 and Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ: CELG ) which gained 4.34% to close at 104.60.

The worst performers were Marathon Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: MPC ) which was down 5.88% to 36.50 in late trade, Tesoro Corporation (NYSE: TSO ) which lost 5.04% to settle at 71.16 and Netflix Inc (NASDAQ: NFLX ) which was down 3.38% to 94.60 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Torchlight Energ (NASDAQ: TRCH ) which rose 124.14% to 1.3000, Nortek Inc (NASDAQ: NTK ) which was up 38.55% to settle at 86.58 and Forward Industries Inc (NASDAQ: FORD ) which gained 38.26% to close at 1.590.

The worst performers were DT Asia Investments Ltd (NASDAQ: CADT ) which was down 45.69% to 4.82 in late trade, Globeimmune (NASDAQ: GBIM ) which lost 42.81% to settle at 1.030 and Cosi Inc (NASDAQ: COSI ) which was down 42.00% to 0.2900 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2071 to 1200 and 33 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1610 rose and 945 declined, while 68 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 2.95% to 15.12.

In commodities trading, Gold for August delivery was up 0.52% or 7.05 to $1365.75 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in August rose 1.74% or 0.81 to hit $47.41 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract rose 1.75% or 0.84 to trade at $48.80 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.21% to 1.1099, while USD/JPY fell 0.42% to 101.32.

The US Dollar Index was down 0.12% at 96.15.

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