U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 1.77%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 1.77%

Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Technology , Industrials and Healthcare sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 1.77% to hit a new 1-month high, while the S&P 500 index gained 1.55%, and the NASDAQ Composite index gained 2.20%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL ), which rose 6.83% or 10.57 points to trade at 165.25 at the close. Boeing Co (NYSE: BA ) added 6.25% or 22.81 points to end at 387.72 and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT ) was up 3.34% or 3.44 points to 106.38 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Walmart Inc (NYSE: WMT ), which lost 1.98% or 1.91 points to trade at 94.80 in late trade. Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS ) declined 0.69% or 0.77 points to end at 110.13 and McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE: MCD ) shed 0.22% or 0.40 points to 181.77.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Advanced Micro Devices Inc (NASDAQ: AMD ) which rose 19.95% to 23.09, Stryker Corporation (NYSE: SYK ) which was up 11.37% to settle at 179.39 and Anthem Inc (NYSE: ANTM ) which gained 9.11% to close at 297.56.

The worst performers were Juniper Networks Inc (NYSE: JNPR ) which was down 7.58% to 25.83 in late trade, Franklin Resources Inc (NYSE: BEN ) which lost 6.73% to settle at 29.09 and Illumina Inc (NASDAQ: ILMN ) which was down 4.45% to 272.57 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Co-Diagnostics Inc (NASDAQ: CODX ) which rose 101.80% to 2.24, Alliance MMA Inc (NASDAQ: AMMA ) which was up 61.62% to settle at 0.29 and One Horizon Group Inc (NASDAQ: OHGI ) which gained 48.55% to close at 0.1585.

The worst performers were AC Immune Ltd (NASDAQ: ACIU ) which was down 65.98% to 3.65 in late trade, Synergy Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: SGYP ) which lost 22.33% to settle at 0.313 and NF Energy Saving Corporation (NASDAQ: NFEC ) which was down 21.51% to 6.7500 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2403 to 664 and 69 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1792 rose and 828 declined, while 86 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 7.68% to 17.66.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.73% or 9.50 to $1318.40 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in March rose 1.80% or 0.96 to hit $54.27 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract rose 0.67% or 0.41 to trade at $61.61 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.47% to 1.1483, while USD/JPY fell 0.34% to 109.00.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.44% at 95.097.

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