U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.20%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.20%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Oil & Gas , Technology and Financials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.20% to hit a new all time high, while the S&P 500 index added 0.07%, and the NASDAQ Composite index climbed 0.32%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Caterpillar Inc (NYSE: CAT ), which rose 2.20% or 3.40 points to trade at 158.22 at the close. Boeing Co (NYSE: BA ) added 1.53% or 5.93 points to end at 392.30 and Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC ) was up 1.37% or 0.66 points to 48.76 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE: PG ), which lost 1.58% or 1.33 points to trade at 83.03 in late trade. Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO ) declined 1.38% or 0.64 points to end at 45.87 and Walmart Inc (NYSE: WMT ) shed 1.14% or 1.08 points to 94.07.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE: CHK ) which rose 4.65% to 4.730, Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE: VLO ) which was up 3.87% to settle at 119.99 and Marathon Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: MPC ) which gained 3.73% to close at 86.39.

The worst performers were Acuity Brands Inc (NYSE: AYI ) which was down 13.17% to 135.01 in late trade, International Paper Company (NYSE: IP ) which lost 4.10% to settle at 48.24 and Edwards Lifesciences Corporation (NYSE: EW ) which was down 3.92% to 155.74 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Pain Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: PTIE ) which rose 200.55% to 2.900, Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc (NASDAQ: HMNY ) which was up 174.44% to settle at 0.036 and Inpixon (NASDAQ: INPX ) which gained 104.88% to close at 0.4200.

The worst performers were I-AM Capital Acquisition Co (NASDAQ: IAM ) which was down 35.41% to 6.46 in late trade, Davidstea Inc (NASDAQ: DTEA ) which lost 25.00% to settle at 3.12 and Cellectar Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ: CLRB ) which was down 19.24% to 2.9800 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1570 to 1504 and 94 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1701 rose and 943 declined, while 73 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 3.49% to 11.63 a new 1-month low.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.38% or 4.60 to $1202.40 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in November rose 1.32% or 0.99 to hit $76.22 a barrel, while the December Brent oil contract rose 1.38% or 1.17 to trade at $85.97 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.36% to 1.1505, while USD/JPY rose 0.70% to 114.45.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.38% at 95.49.

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