U.S. shares mixed at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.29%

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U.S. shares mixed at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.29%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were mixed at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Oil & Gas , Basic Materials and Telecoms sectors propelled shares higher while losses in the Utilities , Consumer Services and Technology sectors led shares lower.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.29% to hit a new all time high, while the S&P 500 index added 0.07%, and the NASDAQ Composite index declined 0.37%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Dow Inc (NYSE: DOW ), which rose 2.81% or 1.86 points to trade at 68.08 at the close. Chevron Corp (NYSE: CVX ) added 2.67% or 2.83 points to end at 108.94 and Merck & Company Inc (NYSE: MRK ) was up 2.25% or 1.71 points to 77.70 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Boeing Co (NYSE: BA ), which lost 2.38% or 5.55 points to trade at 228.08 in late trade. Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS ) declined 1.49% or 2.74 points to end at 181.51 and Visa Inc Class A (NYSE: V ) shed 1.14% or 2.65 points to 229.38.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Devon Energy Corporation (NYSE: DVN ) which rose 7.55% to 25.22, Under Armour Inc C (NYSE: UA ) which was up 7.15% to settle at 21.13 and Under Armour Inc A (NYSE: UAA ) which gained 6.95% to close at 25.54.

The worst performers were Verisk Analytics Inc (NASDAQ: VRSK ) which was down 8.45% to 172.59 in late trade, AmerisourceBergen (NYSE: ABC ) which lost 5.56% to settle at 118.85 and Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc (NYSE: HLT ) which was down 4.46% to 122.53 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Nemaura Medical Inc (NASDAQ: NMRD ) which rose 134.47% to 11.02, Chiasma Inc (NASDAQ: CHMA ) which was up 39.79% to settle at 3.97 and Big 5 Sporting Goods Corporation (NASDAQ: BGFV ) which gained 31.20% to close at 25.02.

The worst performers were Cocrystal Pharma Inc (NASDAQ: COCP ) which was down 31.78% to 1.4600 in late trade, Intrusion Inc (NASDAQ: INTZ ) which lost 29.31% to settle at 10.18 and Sequential Brands Group Inc (NASDAQ: SQBG ) which was down 26.73% to 12.4700 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1712 to 1488 and 92 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1966 fell and 1384 advanced, while 109 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 4.59% to 19.15.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was up 0.62% or 11.05 to $1787.05 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in June fell 0.65% or 0.43 to hit $65.26 a barrel, while the July Brent oil contract fell 0.35% or 0.24 to trade at $68.64 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.08% to 1.2003, while USD/JPY fell 0.12% to 109.20.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.37% at 91.265.

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