U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.12%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.12%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Technology , Consumer Services and Industrials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.12%, while the S&P 500 index gained 0.46%, and the NASDAQ Composite index added 1.05%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Cisco Systems Inc (NASDAQ: CSCO ), which rose 1.62% or 0.51 points to trade at 31.99 at the close. Caterpillar Inc (NYSE: CAT ) added 1.33% or 1.54 points to end at 117.55 and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT ) was up 1.31% or 0.96 points to 74.01 in late trade.

Biggest losers included The Travelers Companies Inc (NYSE: TRV ), which lost 0.98% or 1.20 points to trade at 121.81 in late trade. Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ ) declined 0.86% or 1.14 points to end at 131.07 and Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE: VZ ) shed 0.80% or 0.39 points to 48.12.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Incyte Corporation (NASDAQ: INCY ) which rose 10.64% to 138.27, Gilead Sciences Inc (NASDAQ: GILD ) which was up 7.25% to settle at 81.23 and Martin Marietta Materials Inc (NYSE: MLM ) which gained 5.41% to close at 213.80.

The worst performers were H&R Block Inc (NYSE: HRB ) which was down 8.28% to 26.81 in late trade, Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold Inc (NYSE: FCX ) which lost 4.27% to settle at 14.56 and Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE: SWN ) which was down 2.48% to 5.30 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were One Horizon Group Inc (NASDAQ: OHGI ) which rose 68.49% to 1.2300, Meridian Waste Solutions Inc (NASDAQ: MRDN ) which was up 30.91% to settle at 1.44 and LiNiu Technology Group (NASDAQ: LINU ) which gained 29.64% to close at 2.165.

The worst performers were Otonomy Inc (NASDAQ: OTIC ) which was down 82.81% to 3.58 in late trade, Roka Bioscience Inc (NASDAQ: ROKA ) which lost 33.11% to settle at 1.0100 and root9B Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: RTNB ) which was down 26.20% to 1.6900 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1884 to 1214 and 138 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1534 rose and 929 declined, while 164 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 4.27% to 11.20.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.42% or 5.56 to $1313.34 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in October fell 0.99% or 0.46 to hit $45.98 a barrel, while the November Brent oil contract fell 1.99% or 1.03 to trade at $50.63 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.73% to 1.1885, while USD/JPY rose 0.58% to 110.34.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.64% at 92.86.

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