Investing.com – U.S. equities were mixed at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Consumer Services , Oil & Gas and Technology sectors propelled shares higher while losses in the Telecoms , Basic Materials and Utilities sectors led shares lower.
The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT ), which rose 1.00% or 1.01 points to trade at 101.87 at the close. Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC ) added 1.04% or 0.55 points to end at 53.48 and Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS ) was up 0.99% or 1.05 points to 107.15 in late trade.
Biggest losers included The Travelers Companies Inc (NYSE: TRV ), which lost 2.47% or 3.17 points to trade at 124.99 in late trade. McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE: MCD ) declined 1.46% or 2.41 points to end at 162.56 and International Business Machines (NYSE: IBM ) shed 0.88% or 1.27 points to 142.63.
The top performers on the S&P 500 were Twenty-First Century Fox Inc A (NASDAQ: FOXA ) which rose 7.54% to 48.08, Twenty-First Century Fox Inc (NASDAQ: FOX ) which was up 7.38% to settle at 47.56 and Apache Corporation (NYSE: APA ) which gained 5.59% to close at 45.68.
The worst performers were Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ: SBUX ) which was down 9.07% to 52.22 in late trade, Oracle Corporation (NYSE: ORCL ) which lost 7.46% to settle at 42.82 and Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co (NYSE: HPE ) which was down 4.69% to 15.15 at the close.
The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Naked Brand Group Inc (NASDAQ: NAKD ) which rose 434.59% to 8.500, CLPS Inc (NASDAQ: CLPS ) which was up 55.67% to settle at 16.75 and Forward Industries Inc (NASDAQ: FORD ) which gained 54.93% to close at 2.200.
The worst performers were Anika Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: ANIK ) which was down 37.62% to 28.77 in late trade, Gevo Inc (NASDAQ: GEVO ) which lost 37.13% to settle at 12.2600 and Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc (NASDAQ: HMNY ) which was down 30.65% to 0.312 at the close.
Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1888 to 1164 and 124 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1630 rose and 923 declined, while 111 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.
The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 4.04% to 12.81.
In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was down 0.63% or 8.00 to $1270.60 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in August rose 0.79% or 0.51 to hit $65.41 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract fell 1.15% or 0.86 to trade at $74.22 a barrel.
EUR/USD was down 0.05% to 1.1583, while USD/JPY rose 0.28% to 110.36.
The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.10% at 94.74.
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