U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.18%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.18%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Financials , Healthcare and Utilities sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 0.18%, while the S&P 500 index climbed 0.16%, and the NASDAQ Composite index climbed 0.36%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Nike Inc (NYSE: NKE ), which rose 1.44% or 0.75 points to trade at 53.23 at the close. UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE: UNH ) added 1.32% or 2.39 points to end at 183.21 and American Express Company (NYSE: AXP ) was up 1.22% or 0.96 points to 79.81 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO ), which lost 1.02% or 0.47 points to trade at 45.51 in late trade. Caterpillar Inc (NYSE: CAT ) declined 0.99% or 1.04 points to end at 103.51 and Merck & Company Inc (NYSE: MRK ) shed 0.94% or 0.61 points to 64.06.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Signet Jewelers Ltd (NYSE: SIG ) which rose 4.00% to 56.11, Intercontinental Exchange Inc (NYSE: ICE ) which was up 3.36% to settle at 63.62 and GGP Inc (NYSE: GGP ) which gained 3.05% to close at 23.31.

The worst performers were Newfield Exploration Company (NYSE: NFX ) which was down 6.95% to 28.90 in late trade, Molson Coors Brewing Company (NYSE: TAP ) which lost 6.50% to settle at 89.78 and Helmerich & Payne Inc (NYSE: HP ) which was down 6.04% to 50.08 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Wins Finance Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: WINS ) which rose 153.10% to 205.01, MoSys Inc (NASDAQ: MOSY ) which was up 125.61% to settle at 1.8500 and DragonWave Inc (NASDAQ: DRWI ) which gained 75.00% to close at 1.1300.

The worst performers were ESSA Pharma Inc (NASDAQ: EPIX ) which was down 27.86% to 0.721 in late trade, Crossroads Systems Inc (NASDAQ: CRDS ) which lost 19.11% to settle at 1.8200 and Duluth Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: DLTH ) which was down 18.57% to 16.75 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1674 to 1540 and 34 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1327 rose and 1195 declined, while 112 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 0.29% to 10.42.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was down 0.60% or 7.75 to $1289.75 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in July fell 5.04% or 2.43 to hit $45.76 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract fell 3.97% or 1.99 to trade at $48.13 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.14% to 1.1262, while USD/JPY rose 0.37% to 109.81.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.16% at 96.65.

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