U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.62%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.62%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Oil & Gas , Basic Materials and Financials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.62%, while the S&P 500 index gained 0.43%, and the NASDAQ Composite index gained 0.50%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE: GS ), which rose 2.56% or 4.15 points to trade at 166.42 at the close. Caterpillar Inc (NYSE: CAT ) added 2.19% or 1.92 points to end at 89.43 and Boeing Company (NYSE: BA ) was up 1.84% or 2.43 points to 134.68 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE: VZ ), which lost 0.83% or 0.42 points to trade at 50.26 in late trade. Home Depot Inc (NYSE: HD ) declined 0.48% or 0.62 points to end at 127.58 and UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE: UNH ) shed 0.43% or 0.59 points to 137.57.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE: CHK ) which rose 6.59% to 6.790, Transocean Ltd (NYSE: RIG ) which was up 5.83% to settle at 10.07 and Endo International PLC (NASDAQ: ENDP ) which gained 5.05% to close at 21.42.

The worst performers were Salesforce.com Inc (NYSE: CRM ) which was down 5.82% to 68.40 in late trade, Acuity Brands Inc (NYSE: AYI ) which lost 4.71% to settle at 242.98 and Apartment Investment & Management Co (NYSE: AIV ) which was down 3.98% to 42.22 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Catalyst Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: CPRX ) which rose 30.36% to 1.460, Aemetis Inc (NASDAQ: AMTX ) which was up 26.92% to settle at 1.6500 and Corbus Pharmaceuticals Holding (NASDAQ: CRBP ) which gained 26.35% to close at 8.870.

The worst performers were Great Basin Scientific Inc (NASDAQ: GBSN ) which was down 55.41% to 0.3300 in late trade, Kelly Services B Inc (NASDAQ: KELYB ) which lost 29.82% to settle at 19.510 and Cosi Inc (NASDAQ: COSI ) which was down 27.86% to 0.0303 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1901 to 1250 and 80 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1714 rose and 803 declined, while 88 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 4.70% to 12.99.

In commodities trading, Gold for December delivery was unchanged 0.00% or 0.00 to $1269.70 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in November rose 2.20% or 1.07 to hit $49.76 a barrel, while the December Brent oil contract rose 1.83% or 0.93 to trade at $51.80 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.04% to 1.1208, while USD/JPY rose 0.63% to 103.54.

The US Dollar Index was up 0.03% at 96.13.

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