U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.07%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.07%

Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Oil & Gas , Telecoms and Utilities sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.07%, while the S&P 500 index gained 0.14%, and the NASDAQ Composite index added 0.14%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ: WBA ), which rose 1.89% or 1.00 points to trade at 53.84 at the close. Chevron Corp (NYSE: CVX ) added 1.35% or 1.44 points to end at 108.09 and Visa Inc Class A (NYSE: V ) was up 1.34% or 3.04 points to 229.67 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Dow Inc (NYSE: DOW ), which lost 2.09% or 1.47 points to trade at 68.94 in late trade. Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS ) declined 1.03% or 1.83 points to end at 177.00 and Honeywell International Inc (NASDAQ: HON ) shed 0.96% or 2.24 points to 230.71.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were TechnipFMC PLC (NYSE: FTI ) which rose 10.14% to 9.88, Macerich Company (NYSE: MAC ) which was up 9.10% to settle at 18.16 and Schlumberger NV (NYSE: SLB ) which gained 7.74% to close at 35.48.

The worst performers were Nucor Corp (NYSE: NUE ) which was down 5.15% to 105.04 in late trade, Tapestry Inc (NYSE: TPR ) which lost 5.03% to settle at 42.71 and PVH Corp (NYSE: PVH ) which was down 4.09% to 109.44 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Briacell Therapeutics Corp (NASDAQ: BCTX ) which rose 93.71% to 6.16, Koss Corporation (NASDAQ: KOSS ) which was up 67.54% to settle at 40.460 and Constellation Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: CNST ) which gained 65.91% to close at 33.58.

The worst performers were Orbital Energy Group Inc (NASDAQ: OEG ) which was down 31.15% to 5.260 in late trade, Progenity Inc (NASDAQ: PROG ) which lost 23.08% to settle at 2.20 and ENGlobal Corporation (NASDAQ: ENG ) which was down 20.83% to 2.8500 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1707 to 1496 and 101 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1796 fell and 1566 advanced, while 123 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 2.35% to 17.48.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was up 0.32% or 6.15 to $1911.15 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in July rose 1.46% or 0.99 to hit $68.71 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract rose 1.41% or 0.99 to trade at $71.24 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.00% to 1.2210, while USD/JPY rose 0.10% to 109.56.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.10% at 89.905.

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