U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.15%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.15%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Basic Materials , Technology and Consumer Services sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 0.15%, while the S&P 500 index gained 0.21%, and the NASDAQ Composite index added 0.60%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Home Depot Inc (NYSE: HD ), which rose 2.21% or 4.30 points to trade at 198.61 at the close. Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC ) added 2.02% or 1.10 points to end at 55.46 and Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE: GS ) was up 1.70% or 3.36 points to 200.86 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Boeing Co (NYSE: BA ), which lost 1.54% or 6.01 points to trade at 384.74 in late trade. Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ: WBA ) declined 0.94% or 0.52 points to end at 54.84 and Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO ) shed 0.84% or 0.39 points to 46.18.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Acuity Brands Inc (NYSE: AYI ) which rose 8.80% to 134.79, Advanced Micro Devices Inc (NASDAQ: AMD ) which was up 8.49% to settle at 29.02 and Nielsen Holdings PLC (NYSE: NLSN ) which gained 7.22% to close at 26.00.

The worst performers were Range Resources Corp (NYSE: RRC ) which was down 5.88% to 10.24 in late trade, Altria Group (NYSE: MO ) which lost 4.78% to settle at 53.98 and Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN ) which was down 4.54% to 177.37 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Ocean Power Technologies Inc (NASDAQ: OPTT ) which rose 55.20% to 7.760, Yangtze River Port and Logistics Ltd (NASDAQ: YRIV ) which was up 55.01% to settle at 1.13 and Evogene Ltd (NASDAQ: EVGN ) which gained 30.00% to close at 2.34.

The worst performers were Fusion Telecommunications International Inc (NASDAQ: FSNN ) which was down 81.64% to 0.220 in late trade, Obalon Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: OBLN ) which lost 61.87% to settle at 0.56 and Phunware Inc (NASDAQ: PHUN ) which was down 60.60% to 5.52 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1691 to 1266 and 135 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1497 rose and 1134 declined, while 81 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 2.84% to 13.74.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was down 0.09% or 1.15 to $1294.25 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in May fell 0.16% or 0.10 to hit $62.48 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract rose 0.04% or 0.03 to trade at $69.52 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.03% to 1.1237, while USD/JPY fell 0.00% to 111.47.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.23% at 96.703.

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