U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.50%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.50%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Oil & Gas , Utilities and Basic Materials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.50%, while the S&P 500 index added 0.28%, and the NASDAQ Composite index climbed 0.21%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Merck & Company Inc (NYSE: MRK ), which rose 2.85% or 1.71 points to trade at 61.63 at the close. International Business Machines (NYSE: IBM ) added 1.35% or 2.23 points to end at 167.75 and Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE: GS ) was up 1.32% or 3.19 points to 245.76 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Pfizer Inc (NYSE: PFE ), which lost 1.82% or 0.61 points to trade at 32.83 in late trade. Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ ) declined 1.23% or 1.43 points to end at 114.73 and Nike Inc (NYSE: NKE ) shed 0.79% or 0.42 points to 52.69.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were First Solar Inc (NASDAQ: FSLR ) which rose 4.82% to 35.00, CF Industries Holdings Inc (NYSE: CF ) which was up 4.46% to settle at 34.19 and Transocean Ltd (NYSE: RIG ) which gained 4.03% to close at 15.75.

The worst performers were Endo International PLC (NASDAQ: ENDP ) which was down 8.49% to 14.01 in late trade, Perrigo Co (NYSE: PRGO ) which lost 6.90% to settle at 77.88 and Mallinckrodt (NYSE: MNK ) which was down 6.16% to 50.44 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Myos Rens Technology Inc (NASDAQ: MYOS ) which rose 424.62% to 6.820, Fuwei Films Holdings Co Ltd (NASDAQ: FFHL ) which was up 97.87% to settle at 3.7200 and Dextera Surgical Inc (NASDAQ: DXTR ) which gained 81.58% to close at 2.0700.

The worst performers were EnteroMedics Inc (NASDAQ: ETRM ) which was down 44.77% to 15.3000 in late trade, Signal Genetics Inc (NASDAQ: SGNL ) which lost 37.64% to settle at 10.9000 and Diffusion Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: DFFN ) which was down 28.14% to 6.0000 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2110 to 1094 and 44 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1312 rose and 1199 declined, while 107 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 2.44% to 11.21 a new 52-week low.

In commodities trading, Gold for February delivery was up 0.55% or 6.55 to $1192.05 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in February rose 3.13% or 1.59 to hit $52.41 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract rose 3.17% or 1.70 to trade at $55.34 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.23% to 1.0580, while USD/JPY fell 0.35% to 115.37.

The US Dollar Index was down 0.28% at 101.72.

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