U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.44%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.44%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Tuesday, as gains in the Telecoms , Healthcare and Consumer Services sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 0.44%, while the S&P 500 index added 0.33%, and the NASDAQ Composite index climbed 0.01%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE: VZ ), which rose 2.50% or 1.48 points to trade at 60.65 at the close. Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ: WBA ) added 2.23% or 1.82 points to end at 83.52 and Home Depot Inc (NYSE: HD ) was up 2.00% or 3.40 points to 173.22 in late trade.

Biggest losers included United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX ), which lost 4.14% or 5.30 points to trade at 122.68 in late trade. Nike Inc (NYSE: NKE ) declined 0.85% or 0.62 points to end at 72.09 and DowDuPont Inc (NYSE: DWDP ) shed 0.83% or 0.48 points to 57.18.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Pacific Gas & Electric Co (NYSE: PCG ) which rose 7.36% to 26.97, Advanced Micro Devices Inc (NASDAQ: AMD ) which was up 4.83% to settle at 21.05 and Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: VRTX ) which gained 4.81% to close at 175.45.

The worst performers were Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE: CHK ) which was down 5.08% to 2.990 in late trade, Aptiv PLC (NYSE: APTV ) which lost 4.50% to settle at 71.09 and United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX ) which was down 4.14% to 122.68 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Arsanis Inc (NASDAQ: ASNS ) which rose 255.17% to 4.12, Wins Finance Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: WINS ) which was up 33.82% to settle at 34.79 and Aethlon Medical Inc (NASDAQ: AEMD ) which gained 25.64% to close at 1.470.

The worst performers were Ferroglobe PLC (NASDAQ: GSM ) which was down 62.26% to 1.80 in late trade, Smaaash Entertainment Inc (NASDAQ: SMSH ) which lost 40.11% to settle at 3.30 and Intellipharmaceutics International Inc (NASDAQ: IPCI ) which was down 39.70% to 0.340 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1879 to 1197 and 73 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1758 fell and 876 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 up 0.63% to 19.02.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was down 0.64% or 7.90 to $1220.80 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in January rose 0.50% or 0.26 to hit $51.89 a barrel, while the February Brent oil contract rose 0.33% or 0.20 to trade at $60.76 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.29% to 1.1295, while USD/JPY rose 0.17% to 113.78.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.29% at 97.265.

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