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 Industrials , Basic Materials and Utilities sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 0.30%, while the S&P 500 index gained 0.34%, and the NASDAQ Composite index added 0.01%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL ), which rose 1.82% or 2.59 points to trade at 144.61 at the close. 3M Company (NYSE: MMM ) added 1.52% or 2.99 points to end at 199.88 and Home Depot Inc (NYSE: HD ) was up 1.28% or 4.08 points to 323.34 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Boeing Co (NYSE: BA ), which lost 1.86% or 4.39 points to trade at 231.75 in late trade. Chevron Corp (NYSE: CVX ) declined 1.01% or 1.05 points to end at 102.94 and Salesforce.com Inc (NYSE: CRM ) shed 0.75% or 1.88 points to 248.37.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Affiliated Managers Group Inc (NYSE: AMG ) which rose 5.26% to 175.58, Oracle Corporation (NYSE: ORCL ) which was up 3.61% to settle at 86.08 and Nucor Corp (NYSE: NUE ) which gained 3.38% to close at 95.68.

The worst performers were Macy’s Inc (NYSE: M ) which was down 5.97% to 17.17 in late trade, Xilinx Inc (NASDAQ: XLNX ) which lost 4.67% to settle at 137.43 and MarketAxess Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: MKTX ) which was down 4.58% to 450.20 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Newegg Commerce Inc (NASDAQ: NEGG ) which rose 149.12% to 67.76, Mannatech Incorporated (NASDAQ: MTEX ) which was up 49.08% to settle at 43.53 and Data Storage Corp (NASDAQ: DTST ) which gained 31.82% to close at 9.610.

The worst performers were Bridgeline Digital Inc (NASDAQ: BLIN ) which was down 30.91% to 8.450 in late trade, BSQUARE Corporation (NASDAQ: BSQR ) which lost 28.87% to settle at 5.015 and Professional Diversity Network Inc (NASDAQ: IPDN ) which was down 21.46% to 1.6650 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1702 to 1461 and 129 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 2444 fell and 1032 advanced, while 146 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 1.46% to 16.20.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was up 0.54% or 9.65 to $1803.85 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in August fell 1.91% or 1.40 to hit $71.97 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract fell 1.73% or 1.29 to trade at $73.24 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.25% to 1.1792, while USD/JPY rose 0.03% to 110.64.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.18% at 92.707.

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