U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.63%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.63%

Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Technology , Utilities and Healthcare sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.63%, while the S&P 500 index gained 0.94%, and the NASDAQ Composite index climbed 0.50%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were The Travelers Companies Inc (NYSE: TRV ), which rose 2.82% or 4.73 points to trade at 172.72 at the close. UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE: UNH ) added 2.43% or 11.37 points to end at 479.78 and Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE: PG ) was up 1.79% or 2.86 points to 162.60 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Salesforce.com Inc (NYSE: CRM ), which lost 3.06% or 7.11 points to trade at 225.01 in late trade. Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS ) declined 1.29% or 1.87 points to end at 142.62 and JPMorgan Chase & Co (NYSE: JPM ) shed 0.80% or 1.21 points to 149.94.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Alphabet Inc Class A (NASDAQ: GOOGL ) which rose 7.52% to 2960.00, Alphabet Inc Class C (NASDAQ: GOOG ) which was up 7.37% to settle at 2960.73 and Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM ) which gained 6.25% to close at 188.20.

The worst performers were PayPal Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: PYPL ) which was down 24.59% to 132.57 in late trade, CH Robinson Worldwide Inc (NASDAQ: CHRW ) which lost 11.50% to settle at 92.54 and Etsy Inc (NASDAQ: ETSY ) which was down 9.28% to 138.04 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were MDJM Ltd (NASDAQ: MDJH ) which rose 35.56% to 2.440, GWG Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: GWGH ) which was up 31.58% to settle at 4.500 and Helbiz Inc (NASDAQ: HLBZ ) which gained 24.84% to close at 3.82.

The worst performers were LogicBio Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: LOGC ) which was down 54.83% to 0.677 in late trade, Redbox Entertainment Inc (NASDAQ: RDBX ) which lost 52.16% to settle at 2.550 and Electric Last Mile Solutions Inc (NASDAQ: ELMS ) which was down 51.52% to 2.710 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1774 to 1482 and 102 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 2635 fell and 1210 advanced, while 184 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 0.59% to 22.09.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was up 0.31% or 5.65 to $1807.15 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in March fell 0.23% or 0.20 to hit $88.00 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract rose 0.01% or 0.01 to trade at $89.32 a barrel.

EUR/USD was unchanged 0.00% to 1.1303, while USD/JPY fell 0.01% to 114.43.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.41% at 95.980.

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