U.S. shares mixed at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.00%

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U.S. shares mixed at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.00%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were mixed at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Oil & Gas , Basic Materials and Technology sectors propelled shares higher while losses in the Utilities , Healthcare and Consumer Goods sectors led shares lower.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.00%, while the S&P 500 index added 0.30%, and the NASDAQ Composite index added 0.92%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Nike Inc (NYSE: NKE ), which rose 1.76% or 1.25 points to trade at 72.37 at the close. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT ) added 1.38% or 1.40 points to end at 103.11 and Caterpillar Inc (NYSE: CAT ) was up 1.31% or 1.60 points to 123.87 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ ), which lost 3.05% or 4.46 points to trade at 141.99 in late trade. Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO ) declined 1.33% or 0.66 points to end at 48.73 and Pfizer Inc (NYSE: PFE ) shed 0.99% or 0.43 points to 43.10.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Foot Locker Inc (NYSE: FL ) which rose 14.91% to 52.96, Autodesk Inc (NASDAQ: ADSK ) which was up 9.74% to settle at 135.04 and Hanesbrands Inc (NYSE: HBI ) which gained 6.58% to close at 15.72.

The worst performers were Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ ) which was down 3.05% to 141.99 in late trade, Philip Morris International Inc (NYSE: PM ) which lost 3.00% to settle at 83.95 and NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA ) which was down 2.93% to 144.71 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Ability Inc (NASDAQ: ABIL ) which rose 96.81% to 5.55, Kodiak Sciences Inc (NASDAQ: KOD ) which was up 25.74% to settle at 9.77 and Kiniksa Pharmaceuticals Ltd (NASDAQ: KNSA ) which gained 24.17% to close at 20.29.

The worst performers were Zion Oil & Gas Inc (NASDAQ: ZN ) which was down 56.77% to 0.514 in late trade, Sphere 3D Corp (NASDAQ: ANY ) which lost 36.46% to settle at 4.200 and Heat Biologics Inc (NASDAQ: HTBX ) which was down 30.73% to 1.420 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2249 to 809 and 76 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1946 rose and 680 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 7.47% to 20.80.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.42% or 5.10 to $1226.30 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in January rose 2.00% or 1.07 to hit $54.50 a barrel, while the January Brent oil contract rose 1.41% or 0.88 to trade at $63.41 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.12% to 1.1384, while USD/JPY rose 0.29% to 113.10.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.11% at 96.605.

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