U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.09%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.09%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Utilities , Consumer Goods and Healthcare sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.09% to hit a new all time high, while the S&P 500 index climbed 0.12%, and the NASDAQ Composite index added 0.04%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Nike Inc (NYSE: NKE ), which rose 1.19% or 0.61 points to trade at 52.08 at the close. Caterpillar Inc (NYSE: CAT ) added 0.98% or 1.23 points to end at 126.74 and UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE: UNH ) was up 0.93% or 1.85 points to 200.48 in late trade.

Biggest losers included General Electric Company (NYSE: GE ), which lost 1.29% or 0.32 points to trade at 24.48 in late trade. JPMorgan Chase & Co (NYSE: JPM ) declined 1.02% or 0.99 points to end at 96.36 and Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL ) shed 0.67% or 1.03 points to 153.45.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Mylan Inc (NASDAQ: MYL ) which rose 16.20% to 37.80, Acuity Brands Inc (NYSE: AYI ) which was up 5.11% to settle at 178.33 and TripAdvisor Inc (NASDAQ: TRIP ) which gained 3.73% to close at 43.40.

The worst performers were Republic Services Inc (NYSE: RSG ) which was down 4.87% to 63.31 in late trade, Advance Auto Parts Inc (NYSE: AAP ) which lost 4.09% to settle at 94.93 and Waste Management Inc (NYSE: WM ) which was down 3.72% to 76.33 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Real Goods Solar Inc (NASDAQ: RGSE ) which rose 189.02% to 2.3700, Yulong Eco-Materials Ltd (NASDAQ: YECO ) which was up 97.44% to settle at 0.770 and Streamline Health Solutions Inc (NASDAQ: STRM ) which gained 75.82% to close at 2.690.

The worst performers were root9B Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: RTNB ) which was down 39.88% to 1.2054 in late trade, Celsion Corp (NASDAQ: CLSN ) which lost 37.29% to settle at 3.800 and Net Element Inc (NASDAQ: NETE ) which was down 28.40% to 0.6300 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1572 to 1471 and 175 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1295 fell and 1190 advanced, while 156 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 2.00% to 9.70.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.03% or 0.43 to $1277.47 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in November fell 1.07% or 0.54 to hit $49.88 a barrel, while the December Brent oil contract fell 0.45% or 0.25 to trade at $55.75 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.18% to 1.1765, while USD/JPY fell 0.10% to 112.74.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.15% at 93.28.

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