Investing.com – U.S. equities were mixed at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Telecoms , Oil & Gas and Consumer Services sectors propelled shares higher while losses in the Financials , Basic Materials and Technology sectors led shares lower.
The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE: VZ ), which rose 1.99% or 0.92 points to trade at 47.10 at the close. General Electric Company (NYSE: GE ) added 1.79% or 0.32 points to end at 18.15 and Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL ) was up 1.05% or 1.82 points to 174.96 in late trade.
Biggest losers included DowDuPont Inc (NYSE: DWDP ), which lost 0.93% or 0.66 points to trade at 70.60 in late trade. Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ ) declined 0.76% or 1.05 points to end at 137.29 and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT ) shed 0.73% or 0.61 points to 83.11.
The top performers on the S&P 500 were Cerner Corporation (NASDAQ: CERN ) which rose 5.02% to 70.03, Deere & Company (NYSE: DE ) which was up 4.32% to settle at 145.25 and TripAdvisor Inc (NASDAQ: TRIP ) which gained 4.21% to close at 34.19.
The worst performers were Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co (NYSE: HPE ) which was down 7.22% to 13.10 in late trade, HP Inc (NYSE: HPQ ) which lost 4.99% to settle at 21.34 and Viacom B Inc (NASDAQ: VIAB ) which was down 2.13% to 26.68 at the close.
The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Jacksonville Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ: JXSB ) which rose 62.54% to 51.20, Cleantech Solutions International Inc (NASDAQ: CLNT ) which was up 59.55% to settle at 7.100 and Marathon Patent Group Inc (NASDAQ: MARA ) which gained 53.53% to close at 2.180.
The worst performers were CHF Solutions Inc (NASDAQ: CHFS ) which was down 44.80% to 4.350 in late trade, Global Brokerage Inc Class A (NASDAQ: GLBR ) which lost 38.84% to settle at 0.58 and Rand Logistics Inc (NASDAQ: RLOG ) which was down 37.03% to 0.3671 at the close.
Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1737 to 1360 and 114 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1306 rose and 1250 declined, while 127 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.
The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 0.93% to 9.82.
In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.82% or 10.48 to $1292.18 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in January rose 2.09% or 1.19 to hit $58.02 a barrel, while the January Brent oil contract rose 1.13% or 0.71 to trade at $63.28 a barrel.
EUR/USD was up 0.72% to 1.1822, while USD/JPY fell 1.09% to 111.22.
The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.78% at 93.16.
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