U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.47%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.47%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Basic Materials , Technology and Consumer Services sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.47% to hit a new 3-month high, while the S&P 500 index gained 0.44%, and the NASDAQ Composite index climbed 0.47%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Visa Inc (NYSE: V ), which rose 1.86% or 1.40 points to trade at 76.78 at the close. Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL ) added 1.75% or 1.88 points to end at 109.56 and McDonald`s Corporation (NYSE: MCD ) was up 1.50% or 1.86 points to 125.83 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Boeing Company (NYSE: BA ), which lost 1.76% or 2.30 points to trade at 128.58 in late trade. International Business Machines (NYSE: IBM ) declined 0.62% or 0.92 points to end at 148.41 and American Express Company (NYSE: AXP ) shed 0.51% or 0.31 points to 60.29.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (NYSE: RCL ) which rose 5.68% to 80.35, Carnival Corporation (NYSE: CCL ) which was up 5.50% to settle at 52.37 and MetLife Inc (NYSE: MET ) which gained 5.35% to close at 44.73.

The worst performers were Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE: SWN ) which was down 3.75% to 7.70 in late trade, Tesoro Corporation (NYSE: TSO ) which lost 3.62% to settle at 86.47 and Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ: WDC ) which was down 3.51% to 46.14 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were DragonWave Inc (NASDAQ: DRWI ) which rose 38.93% to 3.3900, Staffing 360 Solutions Inc (NASDAQ: STAF ) which was up 31.87% to settle at 3.376 and Transition Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: TTHI ) which gained 26.04% to close at 1.2100.

The worst performers were Quantum Fuel Systems Inc (NASDAQ: QTWW ) which was down 38.28% to 0.1611 in late trade, Sky Solar Holdings Adr Rep 8 (NASDAQ: SKYS ) which lost 35.26% to settle at 1.23 and NF Energy Saving Corporation (NASDAQ: NFEC ) which was down 31.73% to 0.7100 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2089 to 1238 and 43 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1549 rose and 1035 declined, while 70 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 1.95% to 13.55 a new 6-month low.

In commodities trading, Gold for June delivery was down 0.82% or 10.10 to $1227.40 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in May fell 0.03% or 0.01 to hit $38.27 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract rose 0.30% or 0.12 to trade at $39.97 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.35% to 1.1334, while USD/JPY fell 0.23% to 112.44.

The US Dollar Index was down 0.37% at 94.82.

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