U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.26%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.26%

Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Tuesday, as gains in the Telecoms , Utilities and Consumer Services sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.26% to hit a new 6-month high, while the S&P 500 index gained 0.29%, and the NASDAQ Composite index gained 0.22%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE: VZ ), which rose 2.61% or 1.48 points to trade at 58.14 at the close. Cisco Systems Inc (NASDAQ: CSCO ) added 1.95% or 1.07 points to end at 55.81 and McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE: MCD ) was up 1.53% or 3.16 points to 209.46 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Chevron Corp (NYSE: CVX ), which lost 1.52% or 1.90 points to trade at 122.94 in late trade. Dow Inc (NYSE: DOW ) declined 1.46% or 0.73 points to end at 49.43 and Exxon Mobil Corp (NYSE: XOM ) shed 1.06% or 0.81 points to 75.75.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Harris Corporation (NYSE: LHX ) which rose 4.22% to 185.66, HCP Inc (NYSE: HCP ) which was up 3.15% to settle at 32.56 and Welltower Inc (NYSE: WELL ) which gained 3.01% to close at 84.20.

The worst performers were Range Resources Corp (NYSE: RRC ) which was down 8.44% to 6.18 in late trade, Acuity Brands Inc (NYSE: AYI ) which lost 7.84% to settle at 129.96 and Apache Corporation (NYSE: APA ) which was down 6.23% to 27.38 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were FuelCell Energy Inc (NASDAQ: FCEL ) which rose 127.27% to 0.550, Oasmia Pharmaceutical AB (NASDAQ: OASM ) which was up 28.76% to settle at 1.455 and Sellas Life Sciences Group Inc (NASDAQ: SLS ) which gained 27.83% to close at 0.1470.

The worst performers were Puyi Inc ADR (NASDAQ: PUYI ) which was down 28.12% to 10.02 in late trade, ARC Group Worldwide Inc (NASDAQ: ARCW ) which lost 27.84% to settle at 0.271 and CyberOptics Corporation (NASDAQ: CYBE ) which was down 23.36% to 13.71 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1537 to 1477 and 28 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1577 fell and 1087 advanced, while 93 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 8.04% to 12.93 a new 1-month low.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was up 2.32% or 32.25 to $1421.55 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in August fell 4.69% or 2.77 to hit $56.32 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract fell 0.08% or 0.05 to trade at $62.58 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.04% to 1.1287, while USD/JPY rose 0.03% to 107.92.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.11% at 96.305.

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