U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.75%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.75%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Oil & Gas , Basic Materials and Technology sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 0.75%, while the S&P 500 index gained 0.97%, and the NASDAQ Composite index climbed 1.00%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were DowDuPont Inc (NYSE: DWDP ), which rose 2.80% or 1.80 points to trade at 66.03 at the close. General Electric Company (NYSE: GE ) added 2.45% or 0.35 points to end at 14.62 and Exxon Mobil Corp (NYSE: XOM ) was up 2.36% or 1.84 points to 79.93 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Walmart Inc (NYSE: WMT ), which lost 3.13% or 2.68 points to trade at 83.06 in late trade. Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS ) declined 1.79% or 1.82 points to end at 99.97 and Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE: VZ ) shed 1.36% or 0.64 points to 46.38.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were TripAdvisor Inc (NASDAQ: TRIP ) which rose 22.80% to 47.62, Electronic Arts Inc (NASDAQ: EA ) which was up 5.75% to settle at 131.01 and Occidental Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: OXY ) which gained 5.37% to close at 82.40.

The worst performers were Monster Beverage 1990 Corp (NASDAQ: MNST ) which was down 7.48% to 49.11 in late trade, Coty Inc (NYSE: COTY ) which lost 5.60% to settle at 15.01 and American Airlines Group (NASDAQ: AAL ) which was down 3.49% to 41.50 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were One Horizon Group Inc (NASDAQ: OHGI ) which rose 44.36% to 0.8800, The9 Limited (NASDAQ: NCTY ) which was up 41.69% to settle at 1.560 and Real Goods Solar Inc (NASDAQ: RGSE ) which gained 33.67% to close at 1.3100.

The worst performers were Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc (NASDAQ: HMNY ) which was down 45.85% to 0.785 in late trade, Lipocine In (NASDAQ: LPCN ) which lost 35.96% to settle at 1.14 and Cutera Inc (NASDAQ: CUTR ) which was down 30.13% to 39.02 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1898 to 1169 and 128 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1562 rose and 997 declined, while 117 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 8.84% to 13.41 a new 3-month low.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was down 0.07% or 0.90 to $1312.80 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in June rose 3.13% or 2.16 to hit $71.22 a barrel, while the July Brent oil contract rose 3.21% or 2.40 to trade at $77.25 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.13% to 1.1850, while USD/JPY rose 0.54% to 109.71.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.01% at 92.95.

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