Investing.com – U.S. equities were mixed at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Technology , Healthcare and Financials sectors propelled shares higher while losses in the Oil & Gas , Consumer Services and Utilities sectors led shares lower.
The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were International Business Machines (NYSE: IBM ), which rose 1.67% or 2.60 points to trade at 158.32 at the close. Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC ) added 1.20% or 0.61 points to end at 51.32 and 3M Company (NYSE: MMM ) was up 0.82% or 1.91 points to 235.57 in late trade.
Biggest losers included Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM ), which lost 2.52% or 1.92 points to trade at 74.26 in late trade. The Travelers Companies Inc (NYSE: TRV ) declined 1.78% or 2.51 points to end at 138.88 and Nike Inc (NYSE: NKE ) shed 1.64% or 1.07 points to 64.17.
The top performers on the S&P 500 were Autodesk Inc (NASDAQ: ADSK ) which rose 14.87% to 137.70, H&R Block Inc (NYSE: HRB ) which was up 11.49% to settle at 28.73 and Advanced Micro Devices Inc (NASDAQ: AMD ) which gained 4.08% to close at 12.240.
The worst performers were Dollar Tree Inc (NASDAQ: DLTR ) which was down 14.48% to 89.25 in late trade, Kroger Company (NYSE: KR ) which lost 6.35% to settle at 26.23 and Ross Stores Inc (NASDAQ: ROST ) which was down 6.35% to 75.40 at the close.
The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were ShiftPixy Inc (NASDAQ: PIXY ) which rose 66.15% to 4.27, Zosano Pharma Corp (NASDAQ: ZSAN ) which was up 56.57% to settle at 14.530 and Regenxbio Inc (NASDAQ: RGNX ) which gained 26.90% to close at 37.50.
The worst performers were Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust Inc (NASDAQ: WHLR ) which was down 17.91% to 4.080 in late trade, Sellas Life Sciences Group Inc (NASDAQ: SLS ) which lost 15.33% to settle at 5.0800 and AeroVironment Inc (NASDAQ: AVAV ) which was down 14.88% to 43.01 at the close.
Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1568 to 1495 and 137 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1598 rose and 907 declined, while 151 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.
The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 2.78% to 17.85.
In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was down 0.66% or 8.80 to $1326.40 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in April fell 2.06% or 1.29 to hit $61.31 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract fell 1.96% or 1.29 to trade at $64.50 a barrel.
EUR/USD was up 0.06% to 1.2412, while USD/JPY fell 0.07% to 106.06.
The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.01% at 89.55.
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