U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.11%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.11%

Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Basic Materials , Consumer Goods and Technology sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 0.11%, while the S&P 500 index gained 0.28%, and the NASDAQ Composite index gained 0.23%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Salesforce.com Inc (NYSE: CRM ), which rose 1.27% or 2.99 points to trade at 237.83 at the close. Nike Inc (NYSE: NKE ) added 1.27% or 1.91 points to end at 152.21 and Caterpillar Inc (NYSE: CAT ) was up 1.11% or 2.45 points to 222.40 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE: GS ), which lost 3.16% or 12.74 points to trade at 390.31 in late trade. Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ ) declined 0.85% or 1.46 points to end at 169.79 and Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ: WBA ) shed 0.77% or 0.42 points to 53.91.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Coterra Energy Inc (NYSE: CTRA ) which rose 6.07% to 22.54, Take-Two Interactive Software Inc (NASDAQ: TTWO ) which was up 5.15% to settle at 156.06 and Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold Inc (NYSE: FCX ) which gained 5.02% to close at 45.15.

The worst performers were Quest Diagnostics Incorporated (NYSE: DGX ) which was down 6.80% to 147.14 in late trade, Biogen Inc (NASDAQ: BIIB ) which lost 6.70% to settle at 225.34 and T. Rowe Price Group Inc (NASDAQ: TROW ) which was down 6.63% to 180.83 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Electrocore LLC (NASDAQ: ECOR ) which rose 64.03% to 0.8800, Immuron Ltd ADR (NASDAQ: IMRN ) which was up 49.61% to settle at 3.830 and Surgepays Inc (NASDAQ: SURG ) which gained 32.08% to close at 2.80.

The worst performers were Avinger Inc (NASDAQ: AVGR ) which was down 25.67% to 0.3571 in late trade, Dogness International Corp Class A (NASDAQ: DOGZ ) which lost 19.83% to settle at 2.9100 and Nutriband Inc (NASDAQ: NTRB ) which was down 17.30% to 6.74 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1669 to 1542 and 144 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 2301 fell and 1496 advanced, while 199 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 4.29% to 17.62.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.40% or 7.25 to $1825.75 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in February rose 1.91% or 1.55 to hit $82.77 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract rose 0.06% or 0.05 to trade at $84.80 a barrel.

EUR/USD was unchanged 0.00% to 1.1442, while USD/JPY rose 0.02% to 114.65.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.68% at 94.975.

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