U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.74%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.74%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Consumer Services , Technology and Consumer Goods sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.74% to hit a new all time high, while the S&P 500 index gained 1.44%, and the NASDAQ Composite index climbed 2.11%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT ), which rose 4.11% or 8.89 points to trade at 225.33 at the close. Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL ) added 3.38% or 4.33 points to end at 132.16 and Salesforce.com Inc (NYSE: CRM ) was up 2.97% or 6.43 points to 223.19 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE: GS ), which lost 1.67% or 4.91 points to trade at 289.29 in late trade. JPMorgan Chase & Co (NYSE: JPM ) declined 1.65% or 2.28 points to end at 135.76 and Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE: PG ) shed 1.26% or 1.68 points to 131.92.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Netflix Inc (NASDAQ: NFLX ) which rose 17.96% to 591.89, Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F ) which was up 7.58% to settle at 10.78 and Invesco Plc (NYSE: IVZ ) which gained 6.27% to close at 21.52.

The worst performers were Bank of New York Mellon (NYSE: BK ) which was down 7.07% to 42.58 in late trade, U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB ) which lost 4.91% to settle at 45.71 and TechnipFMC PLC (NYSE: FTI ) which was down 4.18% to 11.23 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Obalon Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: OBLN ) which rose 475.78% to 9.270, Caladrius Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ: CLBS ) which was up 107.98% to settle at 3.39 and Adamis Pharma (NASDAQ: ADMP ) which gained 88.82% to close at 1.5200.

The worst performers were China Natural Resources Inc (NASDAQ: CHNR ) which was down 23.61% to 1.780 in late trade, BioLineRx Ltd (NASDAQ: BLRX ) which lost 22.56% to settle at 2.455 and Gevo Inc (NASDAQ: GEVO ) which was down 21.12% to 8.700 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1905 to 1176 and 88 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1584 rose and 1481 declined, while 61 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 7.40% to 21.52 a new 1-month low.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was up 1.54% or 28.40 to $1868.60 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in March unchanged 0.00% or 0.00 to hit $52.98 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract fell 0.29% or 0.16 to trade at $55.74 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.19% to 1.2106, while USD/JPY fell 0.35% to 103.53.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.01% at 90.483.

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