Investing.com – U.S. equities were mixed at the close on Tuesday, as gains in the Technology , Utilities and Telecoms sectors propelled shares higher while losses in the Healthcare , Basic Materials and Consumer Services sectors led shares lower.
The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL ), which rose 2.01% or 2.06 points to trade at 104.58 at the close. Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE: WMT ) added 1.08% or 0.73 points to end at 68.09 and The Travelers Companies Inc (NYSE: TRV ) was up 0.98% or 1.10 points to 113.92 in late trade.
Biggest losers included Pfizer Inc (NYSE: PFE ), which lost 1.86% or 0.56 points to trade at 29.54 in late trade. Merck & Company Inc (NYSE: MRK ) declined 1.24% or 0.66 points to end at 52.42 and Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE: GS ) shed 0.95% or 1.46 points to 152.03.
The top performers on the S&P 500 were Mead Johnson Nutrition Company (NYSE: MJN ) which rose 11.06% to 83.78, Range Resources Corporation (NYSE: RRC ) which was up 3.82% to settle at 31.83 and EQT Corporation (NYSE: EQT ) which gained 3.10% to close at 62.58.
The worst performers were Endo International PLC (NASDAQ: ENDP ) which was down 22.60% to 32.57 in late trade, Mallinckrodt (NYSE: MNK ) which lost 14.51% to settle at 59.51 and Tenet Healthcare Corporation (NYSE: THC ) which was down 7.07% to 25.37 at the close.
The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Celator Pharm (NASDAQ: CPXX ) which rose 432.14% to 8.94, Skyline Medical Inc (NASDAQ: SKLN ) which was up 46.07% to settle at 0.2600 and RLJ Entertainment Inc (NASDAQ: RLJE ) which gained 43.95% to close at 0.7500.
The worst performers were Quantum Fuel Systems Inc (NASDAQ: QTWW ) which was down 56.16% to 0.3595 in late trade, Linn Co LLC (NASDAQ: LNCO ) which lost 41.71% to settle at 0.3900 and Zynerba Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: ZYNE ) which was down 31.53% to 14.40 at the close.
Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2428 to 912 and 28 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1951 fell and 649 advanced, while 44 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.
The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 0.30% to 16.97.
In commodities trading, Gold for April delivery was down 0.93% or 11.60 to $1233.50 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in April fell 2.12% or 0.79 to hit $36.39 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract fell 2.05% or 0.81 to trade at $38.72 a barrel.
EUR/USD was up 0.05% to 1.1109, while USD/JPY fell 0.59% to 113.16.
The US Dollar Index was up 0.06% at 96.66.
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