U.S. shares mixed at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 1.23%

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U.S. shares mixed at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 1.23%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were mixed at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Basic Materials , Financials and Utilities sectors propelled shares higher while losses in the Technology , Consumer Services and Consumer Goods sectors led shares lower.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 1.23% to hit a new all time high, while the S&P 500 index climbed 0.51%, and the NASDAQ Composite index lost 0.56%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Caterpillar Inc (NYSE: CAT ), which rose 5.41% or 9.93 points to trade at 193.57 at the close. Dow Inc (NYSE: DOW ) added 4.64% or 2.59 points to end at 58.39 and Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ: WBA ) was up 4.71% or 1.94 points to 43.10 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Coca-Cola Co (NYSE: KO ), which lost 3.39% or 1.77 points to trade at 50.41 in late trade. Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL ) declined 2.95% or 3.87 points to end at 127.14 and Salesforce.com Inc (NYSE: CRM ) shed 2.26% or 5.00 points to 216.52.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Centene Corp (NYSE: CNC ) which rose 10.58% to 67.53, Zions Bancorporation (NASDAQ: ZION ) which was up 10.39% to settle at 48.14 and Macy’s Inc (NYSE: M ) which gained 10.18% to close at 12.55.

The worst performers were NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA ) which was down 4.57% to 511.69 in late trade, Alexandria Real Estate Equities Inc (NYSE: ARE ) which lost 4.07% to settle at 163.65 and Cadence Design Systems Inc (NASDAQ: CDNS ) which was down 4.05% to 130.63 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were The9 Ltd ADR (NASDAQ: NCTY ) which rose 59.11% to 13.620, Urban One (NASDAQ: UONE ) which was up 41.23% to settle at 6.200 and Digital Ally Inc (NASDAQ: DGLY ) which gained 37.19% to close at 3.759.

The worst performers were Imara Inc (NASDAQ: IMRA ) which was down 37.00% to 14.95 in late trade, Onconova Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: ONTX ) which lost 22.77% to settle at 0.6410 and My Size Inc (NASDAQ: MYSZ ) which was down 22.49% to 1.310 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2012 to 1115 and 49 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1979 rose and 1043 declined, while 57 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 3.20% to 26.15.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was down 1.56% or 30.40 to $1924.00 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in February rose 0.70% or 0.35 to hit $50.28 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract rose 0.65% or 0.35 to trade at $53.95 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.26% to 1.2327, while USD/JPY rose 0.28% to 103.00.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.04% at 89.373.

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