U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.57%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.57%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Technology , Basic Materials and Utilities sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.57% to hit a new all time high, while the S&P 500 index added 0.73%, and the NASDAQ Composite index gained 1.10%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were E I du Pont de Nemours & Co (NYSE: DD ), which rose 2.75% or 2.27 points to trade at 84.84 at the close. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT ) added 1.66% or 1.16 points to end at 71.15 and Home Depot Inc (NYSE: HD ) was up 1.32% or 1.99 points to 152.59 in late trade.

Biggest losers included JPMorgan Chase & Co (NYSE: JPM ), which lost 0.34% or 0.32 points to trade at 92.51 in late trade. Nike Inc (NYSE: NKE ) added 0.07% or 0.04 points to end at 58.22 and Boeing Co (NYSE: BA ) gained 0.08% or 0.17 points to 206.44.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were NRG Energy Inc (NYSE: NRG ) which rose 29.39% to 21.09, Activision Blizzard Inc (NASDAQ: ATVI ) which was up 5.24% to settle at 61.02 and First Solar Inc (NASDAQ: FSLR ) which gained 4.97% to close at 41.79.

The worst performers were WW Grainger Inc (NYSE: GWW ) which was down 4.37% to 168.81 in late trade, Deere & Company (NYSE: DE ) which lost 3.58% to settle at 123.48 and CenturyLink Inc (NYSE: CTL ) which was down 3.23% to 22.50 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Cherokee Inc (NASDAQ: CHKE ) which rose 24.10% to 5.15, Spi Energy Co Ltd (NASDAQ: SPI ) which was up 21.05% to settle at 0.61 and China Bak Battery Inc (NASDAQ: CBAK ) which gained 14.81% to close at 1.550.

The worst performers were Delta Technology Holding Ltd (NASDAQ: DELT ) which was down 17.80% to 1.3399 in late trade, Alder Bioph (NASDAQ: ALDR ) which lost 17.01% to settle at 10.12 and Synthesis Energy Systems Inc (NASDAQ: SYMX ) which was down 14.90% to 0.4170 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2385 to 744 and 112 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1745 rose and 708 declined, while 165 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 5.51% to 10.29.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was up 0.39% or 4.74 to $1219.44 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in August rose 0.73% or 0.33 to hit $45.37 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract rose 0.21% or 0.10 to trade at $47.62 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.44% to 1.1416, while USD/JPY fell 0.66% to 113.19.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.04% at 95.53.

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