U.S. shares mixed at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.33%

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U.S. shares mixed at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.33%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were mixed at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Healthcare , Consumer Services and Technology sectors propelled shares higher while losses in the Oil & Gas , Utilities and Telecoms sectors led shares lower.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 0.33%, while the S&P 500 index lost 0.23%, and the NASDAQ Composite index added 0.06%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT ), which rose 0.92% or 0.59 points to trade at 64.99 at the close. Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE: WMT ) added 0.63% or 0.44 points to end at 69.80 and Home Depot Inc (NYSE: HD ) was up 0.62% or 0.90 points to 146.92 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Caterpillar Inc (NYSE: CAT ), which lost 2.81% or 2.70 points to trade at 93.23 in late trade. Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX ) declined 1.97% or 2.20 points to end at 109.61 and Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM ) shed 1.81% or 1.49 points to 81.03.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were H&R Block Inc (NYSE: HRB ) which rose 14.88% to 23.94, TripAdvisor Inc (NASDAQ: TRIP ) which was up 6.10% to settle at 43.83 and PPG Industries Inc (NYSE: PPG ) which gained 6.00% to close at 106.83.

The worst performers were Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE: MRO ) which was down 8.69% to 14.87 in late trade, Murphy Oil Corporation (NYSE: MUR ) which lost 6.74% to settle at 25.87 and Devon Energy Corporation (NYSE: DVN ) which was down 6.52% to 40.72 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Ocera Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: OCRX ) which rose 84.87% to 1.100, DryShips Inc (NASDAQ: DRYS ) which was up 25.20% to settle at 1.59 and Global Blood Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: GBT ) which gained 21.02% to close at 34.25.

The worst performers were Alliqua Inc (NASDAQ: ALQA ) which was down 23.44% to 0.613 in late trade, MGC Diagnostics Corporation (NASDAQ: MGCD ) which lost 19.23% to settle at 7.94 and Tellurian Inc (NASDAQ: TELL ) which was down 18.94% to 11.3400 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2299 to 930 and 36 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1427 fell and 1075 advanced, while 118 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 3.23% to 11.82.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was down 0.67% or 8.15 to $1207.95 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in April fell 5.33% or 2.83 to hit $50.31 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract fell 4.81% or 2.69 to trade at $53.23 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.21% to 1.0544, while USD/JPY rose 0.35% to 114.38.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.28% at 102.09.

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