U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.01%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.01%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Basic Materials , Healthcare and Utilities sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.01%, while the S&P 500 index added 0.11%, and the NASDAQ Composite index gained 0.08%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were EI du Pont de Nemours and Company (NYSE: DD ), which rose 1.51% or 0.99 points to trade at 66.40 at the close. Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE: PG ) added 0.93% or 0.75 points to end at 81.79 and JPMorgan Chase & Co (NYSE: JPM ) was up 0.64% or 0.42 points to 65.69 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL ), which lost 1.40% or 1.40 points to trade at 98.46 in late trade. Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE: VZ ) declined 0.92% or 0.47 points to end at 50.43 and International Business Machines (NYSE: IBM ) shed 0.80% or 1.23 points to 152.51.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Michael Kors Holdings Limited (NYSE: KORS ) which rose 6.59% to 45.55, Endo International PLC (NASDAQ: ENDP ) which was up 5.12% to settle at 16.62 and Whole Foods Market Inc (NASDAQ: WFM ) which gained 4.92% to close at 33.94.

The worst performers were Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold Inc (NYSE: FCX ) which was down 4.33% to 10.60 in late trade, Equity Residential (NYSE: EQR ) which lost 4.10% to settle at 66.37 and Under Armour Inc (NYSE: UA ) which was down 3.92% to 36.25 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Ocean Power Technologies Inc (NASDAQ: OPTT ) which rose 294.77% to 6.040, SemiLEDS Corporation (NASDAQ: LEDS ) which was up 69.06% to settle at 2.3500 and Hercules Offshore Inc (NASDAQ: HERO ) which gained 37.72% to close at 1.5700.

The worst performers were Daktronics Inc (NASDAQ: DAKT ) which was down 19.57% to 6.41 in late trade, Cymabay Therapeu (NASDAQ: CBAY ) which lost 18.85% to settle at 1.980 and BOS Better Online Solutions (NASDAQ: BOSC ) which was down 17.94% to 3.340 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2162 to 1143 and 36 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1597 rose and 969 declined, while 65 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 0.07% to 14.20.

In commodities trading, Gold for August delivery was down 0.23% or 2.75 to $1214.75 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in July rose 0.20% or 0.10 to hit $49.20 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract rose 0.06% or 0.03 to trade at $49.92 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.49% to 1.1187, while USD/JPY fell 1.05% to 109.54.

The US Dollar Index was down 0.44% at 95.41.

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