U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 1.57%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 1.57%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Tuesday, as gains in the Oil & Gas , Financials and Healthcare sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 1.57%, while the S&P 500 index added 1.78%, and the NASDAQ Composite index climbed 2.12%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were The Travelers Companies Inc (NYSE: TRV ), which rose 3.42% or 3.77 points to trade at 114.13 at the close. JPMorgan Chase & Co (NYSE: JPM ) added 3.32% or 1.91 points to end at 59.52 and Visa Inc (NYSE: V ) was up 2.48% or 1.82 points to 75.16 in late trade.

Biggest losers included EI du Pont de Nemours and Company (NYSE: DD ), which lost 2.08% or 1.33 points to trade at 62.75 in late trade. Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE: WMT ) added 0.01% or 0.01 points to end at 71.51 and Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE: VZ ) gained 0.15% or 0.08 points to 54.82.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Endo International PLC (NASDAQ: ENDP ) which rose 18.26% to 16.19, Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE: SWN ) which was up 11.84% to settle at 13.89 and Marathon Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: MPC ) which gained 8.41% to close at 35.70.

The worst performers were Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL ) which was down 2.32% to 34.98 in late trade, EI du Pont de Nemours and Company (NYSE: DD ) which lost 2.08% to settle at 62.75 and Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW ) which was down 2.04% to 48.50 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were ReachLocal Inc (NASDAQ: RLOC ) which rose 174.70% to 4.560, Threshold Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: THLD ) which was up 74.47% to settle at 0.6199 and Check Cap Ltd (NASDAQ: CHEK ) which gained 34.62% to close at 1.400.

The worst performers were Regulus Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: RGLS ) which was down 49.30% to 2.540 in late trade, Celyad SA (NASDAQ: CYAD ) which lost 33.33% to settle at 28.30 and RIT Technologies Ltd (NASDAQ: RITT ) which was down 40.00% to 0.150 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2787 to 514 and 23 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 2054 rose and 539 declined, while 48 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 20.92% to 18.86.

In commodities trading, Gold for August delivery was down 0.79% or 10.40 to $1314.30 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in August rose 3.35% or 1.55 to hit $47.88 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract rose 3.06% or 1.46 to trade at $49.23 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.52% to 1.1082, while USD/JPY rose 0.67% to 102.68.

The US Dollar Index was down 0.46% at 96.11.

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