U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.64%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.64%

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 gained 0.64%, while the S&P 500 index added 0.54%, and the NASDAQ Composite index gained 0.95%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were DowDuPont Inc (NYSE: DWDP ), which rose 2.05% or 1.09 points to trade at 54.35 at the close. American Express Company (NYSE: AXP ) added 1.97% or 2.08 points to end at 107.48 and Caterpillar Inc (NYSE: CAT ) was up 1.73% or 2.13 points to 125.37 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE: VZ ), which lost 2.72% or 1.60 points to trade at 57.25 in late trade. Exxon Mobil Corp (NYSE: XOM ) declined 0.86% or 0.66 points to end at 76.02 and Walmart Inc (NYSE: WMT ) shed 0.79% or 0.74 points to 93.11.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were United Rentals Inc (NYSE: URI ) which rose 6.32% to 108.30, MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM ) which was up 4.84% to settle at 26.87 and Interpublic Group of Companies Inc (NYSE: IPG ) which gained 4.27% to close at 23.92.

The worst performers were Under Armour Inc A (NYSE: UAA ) which was down 10.44% to 19.81 in late trade, Under Armour Inc C (NYSE: UA ) which lost 8.91% to settle at 19.010 and Mosaic Co (NYSE: MOS ) which was down 6.33% to 30.91 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Teligent Inc (NASDAQ: TLGT ) which rose 30.80% to 1.805, Staffing 360 Solutions Inc (NASDAQ: STAF ) which was up 28.79% to settle at 1.700 and EyeGate Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: EYEG ) which gained 28.30% to close at 0.513.

The worst performers were Synergy Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: SGYP ) which was down 52.80% to 0.160 in late trade, Yangtze River Port and Logistics Ltd (NASDAQ: YRIV ) which lost 23.34% to settle at 4.86 and Neurotrope Inc (NASDAQ: NTRP ) which was down 23.03% to 3.8100 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2017 to 1063 and 83 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1744 rose and 883 declined, while 97 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 1.38% to 21.46.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.27% or 3.35 to $1250.55 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in January fell 0.89% or 0.46 to hit $51.19 a barrel, while the February Brent oil contract rose 0.05% or 0.03 to trade at $60.23 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.42% to 1.1364, while USD/JPY fell 0.11% to 113.26.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.29% at 97.072.

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