U.S. shares mixed at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.16%

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U.S. shares mixed at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.16%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were mixed at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Technology , Utilities and Consumer Goods sectors propelled shares higher while losses in the Oil & Gas , Telecoms and Basic Materials sectors led shares lower.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.16%, while the S&P 500 index fell 0.01%, and the NASDAQ Composite index added 0.21%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT ), which rose 1.46% or 1.19 points to trade at 82.78 at the close. Visa Inc (NYSE: V ) added 1.07% or 1.16 points to end at 109.74 and Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ ) was up 1.00% or 1.39 points to 141.06 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Merck & Company Inc (NYSE: MRK ), which lost 2.55% or 1.42 points to trade at 54.35 in late trade. Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS ) declined 1.64% or 1.76 points to end at 105.46 and Nike Inc (NYSE: NKE ) shed 1.16% or 0.70 points to 59.72.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc (NYSE: DVA ) which rose 13.57% to 69.20, H&R Block Inc (NYSE: HRB ) which was up 10.27% to settle at 28.99 and Brown Forman (NYSE: BFb ) which gained 6.53% to close at 65.85.

The worst performers were Newfield Exploration Company (NYSE: NFX ) which was down 6.94% to 28.44 in late trade, DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH ) which lost 5.23% to settle at 49.31 and Mattel Inc (NASDAQ: MAT ) which was down 4.95% to 15.16 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were VistaGen Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: VTGN ) which rose 93.55% to 1.800, Madrigal Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: MDGL ) which was up 88.29% to settle at 87.1800 and ClearSign Combustion Corporation (NASDAQ: CLIR ) which gained 34.00% to close at 3.350.

The worst performers were Wins Finance Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: WINS ) which was down 35.11% to 53.82 in late trade, Neuralstem Inc (NASDAQ: CUR ) which lost 34.95% to settle at 2.0100 and Biocept Inc (NASDAQ: BIOC ) which was down 33.04% to 0.770 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1846 to 1254 and 122 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1652 fell and 865 advanced, while 124 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 2.91% to 11.00.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.12% or 1.50 to $1266.40 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in January fell 2.90% or 1.67 to hit $55.95 a barrel, while the February Brent oil contract fell 2.64% or 1.66 to trade at $61.20 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.27% to 1.1793, while USD/JPY fell 0.28% to 112.30.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.29% at 93.54.

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