U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 1.20%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 1.20%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Healthcare , Consumer Goods and Basic Materials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 1.20%, while the S&P 500 index added 0.83%, and the NASDAQ Composite index added 0.74%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were American Express Company (NYSE: AXP ), which rose 2.56% or 2.50 points to trade at 100.25 at the close. UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE: UNH ) added 2.51% or 7.62 points to end at 311.77 and Amgen Inc (NASDAQ: AMGN ) was up 2.36% or 5.86 points to 254.16 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS ), which lost 1.05% or 1.32 points to trade at 124.08 in late trade. Nike Inc (NYSE: NKE ) declined 0.64% or 0.81 points to end at 125.54 and Honeywell International Inc (NYSE: HON ) gained 0.06% or 0.10 points to 164.61.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE: DUK ) which rose 7.46% to 88.56, L Brands Inc (NYSE: LB ) which was up 4.78% to settle at 31.81 and Centene Corp (NYSE: CNC ) which gained 4.42% to close at 58.33.

The worst performers were Micron Technology Inc (NASDAQ: MU ) which was down 7.39% to 46.96 in late trade, Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ: WDC ) which lost 7.04% to settle at 36.55 and Diamondback Energy Inc (NASDAQ: FANG ) which was down 3.46% to 30.12 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were CTi Biopharma Corp (NASDAQ: CTIC ) which rose 104.76% to 2.150, Iterum Therapeutics PLC (NASDAQ: ITRM ) which was up 63.35% to settle at 1.05 and Chinanet Online Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: CNET ) which gained 55.98% to close at 2.020.

The worst performers were Aptorum Group Ltd Class A (NASDAQ: APM ) which was down 43.70% to 2.68 in late trade, The9 Ltd ADR (NASDAQ: NCTY ) which lost 39.08% to settle at 0.317 and Oasis Petroleum Inc (NASDAQ: OAS ) which was down 31.61% to 0.280 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1639 to 1458 and 82 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1448 fell and 1415 advanced, while 87 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 0.38% to 26.37.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.65% or 12.30 to $1890.90 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in November rose 1.45% or 0.57 to hit $39.86 a barrel, while the December Brent oil contract rose 0.24% or 0.10 to trade at $42.12 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.04% to 1.1723, while USD/JPY rose 0.00% to 105.45.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.04% at 93.890.

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