Investing.com – U.S. equities were mixed at the close on Tuesday, as gains in the Oil & Gas , Healthcare and Technology sectors propelled shares higher while losses in the Industrials , Consumer Goods and Consumer Services sectors led shares lower.
The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE: UNH ), which rose 1.12% or 2.73 points to trade at 245.88 at the close. Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL ) added 1.12% or 2.01 points to end at 180.91 and Home Depot Inc (NYSE: HD ) was up 0.86% or 1.56 points to 184.00 in late trade.
Biggest losers included Boeing Co (NYSE: BA ), which lost 6.15% or 24.60 points to trade at 375.41 in late trade. United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX ) declined 1.06% or 1.34 points to end at 124.67 and 3M Company (NYSE: MMM ) shed 0.63% or 1.30 points to 205.80.
The top performers on the S&P 500 were Range Resources Corporation (NYSE: RRC ) which rose 5.48% to 10.39, EQT Corporation (NYSE: EQT ) which was up 5.08% to settle at 19.65 and Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE: CHK ) which gained 4.73% to close at 2.880.
The worst performers were F5 Networks Inc (NASDAQ: FFIV ) which was down 7.67% to 149.65 in late trade, Boeing Co (NYSE: BA ) which lost 6.15% to settle at 375.41 and American Airlines Group (NASDAQ: AAL ) which was down 3.53% to 30.92 at the close.
The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were VivoPower International PLC (NASDAQ: VVPR ) which rose 126.50% to 2.65, Aileron Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: ALRN ) which was up 51.43% to settle at 2.12 and ENDRA Life Sciences Inc (NASDAQ: NDRA ) which gained 38.95% to close at 2.640.
The worst performers were Zafgen Inc (NASDAQ: ZFGN ) which was down 37.17% to 2.89 in late trade, Castor Maritime Inc (NASDAQ: CTRM ) which lost 30.00% to settle at 6.3000 and BOS Better Online Solutions (NASDAQ: BOSC ) which was down 20.30% to 3.140 at the close.
Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1746 to 1229 and 126 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1340 fell and 1262 advanced, 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 3.91% to 13.77.
In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was up 0.84% or 10.90 to $1302.00 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in April rose 0.26% or 0.15 to hit $56.94 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract rose 0.17% or 0.11 to trade at $66.69 a barrel.
EUR/USD was up 0.44% to 1.1297, while USD/JPY rose 0.09% to 111.28.
The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.27% at 96.912.
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