U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.18%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.18%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Oil & Gas , Consumer Services and Telecoms sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.18% to hit a new all time high, while the S&P 500 index gained 0.08%, and the NASDAQ Composite index climbed 0.09%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX ), which rose 1.50% or 1.69 points to trade at 114.18 at the close. DowDuPont Inc (NYSE: DWDP ) added 1.43% or 0.98 points to end at 69.50 and Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE: VZ ) was up 0.98% or 0.46 points to 47.25 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Caterpillar Inc (NYSE: CAT ), which lost 1.08% or 1.31 points to trade at 119.63 in late trade. Pfizer Inc (NYSE: PFE ) declined 0.88% or 0.31 points to end at 35.06 and The Travelers Companies Inc (NYSE: TRV ) shed 0.79% or 0.97 points to 121.51.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC ) which rose 8.01% to 98.16, Nordstrom Inc (NYSE: JWN ) which was up 5.97% to settle at 47.74 and Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE: CHK ) which gained 5.35% to close at 3.940.

The worst performers were Equifax Inc (NYSE: EFX ) which was down 14.63% to 98.99 in late trade, Henry Schein Inc (NASDAQ: HSIC ) which lost 4.00% to settle at 168.88 and Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ: WDC ) which was down 3.42% to 85.74 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Net Element Inc (NASDAQ: NETE ) which rose 119.78% to 0.6000, LM Funding America Inc (NASDAQ: LMFA ) which was up 79.65% to settle at 2.03 and Rentech Inc (NASDAQ: RTK ) which gained 27.68% to close at 0.346.

The worst performers were Pulse Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ: PLSE ) which was down 25.60% to 10.260 in late trade, Delcath Systems Inc (NASDAQ: DCTH ) which lost 19.44% to settle at 0.0999 and Applied Genetic (NASDAQ: AGTC ) which was down 18.18% to 4.05 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1601 to 1454 and 166 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1394 rose and 1076 declined, while 168 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 0.47% to 10.53.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.43% or 5.78 to $1326.92 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in October rose 2.24% or 1.08 to hit $49.31 a barrel, while the November Brent oil contract rose 1.51% or 0.82 to trade at $55.09 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.66% to 1.1887, while USD/JPY rose 0.39% to 110.58.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.57% at 92.41.

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