U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.52%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.52%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Healthcare , Consumer Goods and Consumer Services sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.52% to hit a new all time high, while the S&P 500 index gained 0.50%, and the NASDAQ Composite index climbed 0.64%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE: PG ), which rose 3.71% or 3.26 points to trade at 91.12 at the close. Pfizer Inc (NYSE: PFE ) added 2.32% or 0.76 points to end at 33.51 and Cisco Systems Inc (NASDAQ: CSCO ) was up 1.58% or 0.51 points to 32.82 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Merck & Company Inc (NYSE: MRK ), which lost 0.76% or 0.50 points to trade at 65.16 in late trade. Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE: VZ ) declined 0.39% or 0.19 points to end at 48.08 and Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO ) shed 0.22% or 0.09 points to 40.44.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were FLIR Systems Inc (NASDAQ: FLIR ) which rose 8.14% to 36.93, Endo International PLC (NASDAQ: ENDP ) which was up 7.91% to settle at 13.65 and Analog Devices Inc (NASDAQ: ADI ) which gained 4.83% to close at 81.60.

The worst performers were American International Group Inc (NYSE: AIG ) which was down 9.03% to 60.85 in late trade, CF Industries Holdings Inc (NYSE: CF ) which lost 4.25% to settle at 34.49 and Devon Energy Corporation (NYSE: DVN ) which was down 3.72% to 44.23 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Zosano Pharma Corp (NASDAQ: ZSAN ) which rose 41.09% to 2.850, Novan Inc (NASDAQ: NOVN ) which was up 34.45% to settle at 6.44 and Atlantic Alliance Partnership Corp (NASDAQ: AAPC ) which gained 57.70% to close at 12.49.

The worst performers were Celsion Corp (NASDAQ: CLSN ) which was down 33.33% to 0.220 in late trade, COPsync Inc (NASDAQ: COYN ) which lost 33.32% to settle at 0.4401 and Sino-Global Shipping America Ltd (NASDAQ: SINO ) which was down 24.49% to 3.3300 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1837 to 1387 and 42 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1561 rose and 937 declined, while 126 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 11.17% to 11.94.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was up 0.67% or 8.25 to $1233.65 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in March fell 0.38% or 0.20 to hit $53.00 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract fell 0.54% or 0.30 to trade at $55.67 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.26% to 1.0604, while USD/JPY fell 0.12% to 114.12.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.17% at 101.03.

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