U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.30%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.30%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Technology , Consumer Services and Basic Materials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 0.30% to hit a new 6-month high, while the S&P 500 index gained 1.02%, and the NASDAQ Composite index gained 1.73%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT ), which rose 2.16% or 4.68 points to trade at 221.15 at the close. Home Depot Inc (NYSE: HD ) added 2.03% or 5.80 points to end at 291.93 and Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS ) was up 1.84% or 2.39 points to 132.18 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Exxon Mobil Corp (NYSE: XOM ), which lost 2.13% or 0.87 points to trade at 40.01 in late trade. Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ: WBA ) declined 2.10% or 0.83 points to end at 38.67 and The Travelers Companies Inc (NYSE: TRV ) shed 1.80% or 2.08 points to 113.54.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Salesforce.com Inc (NYSE: CRM ) which rose 26.04% to 272.32, Netflix Inc (NASDAQ: NFLX ) which was up 11.61% to settle at 547.53 and Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ: ADBE ) which gained 9.10% to close at 528.49.

The worst performers were Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd (NYSE: NCLH ) which was down 6.15% to 15.72 in late trade, Nordstrom Inc (NYSE: JWN ) which lost 5.47% to settle at 14.69 and SL Green Realty Corp (NYSE: SLG ) which was down 4.83% to 47.12 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Bigcommerce Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: BIGC ) which rose 33.54% to 139.00, Fluent Inc (NASDAQ: FLNT ) which was up 31.88% to settle at 3.020 and Fluidigm Corporation (NASDAQ: FLDM ) which gained 30.03% to close at 11.43.

The worst performers were OUTLOOK THERAPEUTICS INC (NASDAQ: OTLK ) which was down 36.33% to 0.815 in late trade, CohBar Inc (NASDAQ: CWBR ) which lost 32.64% to settle at 0.970 and Sphere 3D Corp (NASDAQ: ANY ) which was down 28.89% to 1.9200 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1850 to 1192 and 98 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1701 fell and 1112 advanced, while 64 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 5.63% to 23.27.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was up 2.04% or 39.30 to $1962.40 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in October rose 0.16% or 0.07 to hit $43.42 a barrel, while the November Brent oil contract rose 0.19% or 0.09 to trade at $46.29 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.02% to 1.1831, while USD/JPY rose 0.01% to 105.99.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.13% at 92.900.

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