U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 2.05%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 2.05%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Financials , Oil & Gas and Industrials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 2.05% to hit a new 3-month high, while the S&P 500 index climbed 1.36%, and the NASDAQ Composite index added 0.78%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Boeing Co (NYSE: BA ), which rose 12.95% or 19.85 points to trade at 173.16 at the close. Raytheon Technologies Corp (NYSE: RTX ) added 6.42% or 4.07 points to end at 67.47 and American Express Company (NYSE: AXP ) was up 6.39% or 6.33 points to 105.40 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Walmart Inc (NYSE: WMT ), which lost 0.38% or 0.47 points to trade at 123.47 in late trade. UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE: UNH ) declined 0.31% or 0.96 points to end at 305.35 and Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC ) shed 0.31% or 0.19 points to 61.93.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Simon Property Group Inc (NYSE: SPG ) which rose 14.86% to 72.88, Macerich Company (NYSE: MAC ) which was up 14.23% to settle at 8.59 and Coty Inc (NYSE: COTY ) which gained 13.37% to close at 4.75.

The worst performers were Campbell Soup Company (NYSE: CPB ) which was down 6.13% to 48.82 in late trade, Activision Blizzard Inc (NASDAQ: ATVI ) which lost 4.19% to settle at 69.92 and Take-Two Interactive Software Inc (NASDAQ: TTWO ) which was down 3.94% to 129.30 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were FSD Pharma Inc Class B (NASDAQ: HUGE ) which rose 138.39% to 7.39, Genius Brands International Inc (NASDAQ: GNUS ) which was up 97.26% to settle at 7.9300 and Cinedigm Corp (NASDAQ: CIDM ) which gained 79.82% to close at 1.3100.

The worst performers were Hebron Technology Co Ltd (NASDAQ: HEBT ) which was down 36.63% to 14.29 in late trade, Evofem Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ: EVFM ) which lost 26.61% to settle at 3.42 and Cellectar Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ: CLRB ) which was down 21.97% to 1.030 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2298 to 586 and 61 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1824 rose and 856 declined, while 56 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 4.40% to 25.66 a new 3-month low.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was down 1.79% or 31.05 to $1702.95 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in July fell 0.22% or 0.08 to hit $36.73 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract rose 0.15% or 0.06 to trade at $39.47 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.02% to 1.1235, while USD/JPY rose 0.02% to 108.91.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.37% at 97.295.

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