U.S. shares mixed at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.33%

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U.S. shares mixed at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.33%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were mixed at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Telecoms , Oil & Gas and Consumer Services sectors propelled shares higher while losses in the Technology , Industrials and Basic Materials sectors led shares lower.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.33% to hit a new all time high, while the S&P 500 index declined 0.05%, and the NASDAQ Composite index fell 0.65%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE: VZ ), which rose 5.65% or 3.06 points to trade at 57.21 at the close. Chevron Corp (NYSE: CVX ) added 2.85% or 2.65 points to end at 95.78 and Home Depot Inc (NYSE: HD ) was up 2.23% or 6.15 points to 281.54 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL ), which lost 1.87% or 2.49 points to trade at 130.70 in late trade. American Express Company (NYSE: AXP ) declined 1.26% or 1.65 points to end at 129.03 and Honeywell International Inc (NYSE: HON ) shed 0.80% or 1.63 points to 201.81.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Nektar Therapeutics (NASDAQ: NKTR ) which rose 13.54% to 25.50, Tractor Supply Company (NASDAQ: TSCO ) which was up 6.08% to settle at 171.78 and Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE: VZ ) which gained 5.65% to close at 57.21.

The worst performers were IPG Photonics Corporation (NASDAQ: IPGP ) which was down 7.29% to 237.79 in late trade, Henry Schein Inc (NASDAQ: HSIC ) which lost 5.10% to settle at 66.98 and TechnipFMC PLC (NYSE: FTI ) which was down 4.57% to 7.72 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were CLPS Inc (NASDAQ: CLPS ) which rose 153.67% to 12.43, Powerbridge Technologies Co Ltd (NASDAQ: PBTS ) which was up 102.80% to settle at 7.97 and NXT-ID Inc (NASDAQ: NXTD ) which gained 63.08% to close at 3.1800.

The worst performers were Socket Mobile Inc (NASDAQ: SCKT ) which was down 36.17% to 13.200 in late trade, Pyxis Tankers Inc (NASDAQ: PXS ) which lost 32.43% to settle at 2.000 and Luokung Technology Corp (NASDAQ: LKCO ) which was down 30.00% to 2.100 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1784 to 1291 and 88 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1974 fell and 1202 advanced, while 58 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 0.33% to 21.39.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was down 1.42% or 25.60 to $1773.40 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in March rose 1.97% or 1.18 to hit $61.23 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract rose 1.77% or 1.12 to trade at $64.47 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.50% to 1.2044, while USD/JPY fell 0.14% to 105.89.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.46% at 90.915.

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