U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.29%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.29%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Oil & Gas , Telecoms and Technology sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.29%, while the S&P 500 index climbed 0.45%, and the NASDAQ Composite index added 0.75%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Chevron Corp (NYSE: CVX ), which rose 1.69% or 2.09 points to trade at 125.44 at the close. Pfizer Inc (NYSE: PFE ) added 1.57% or 0.68 points to end at 44.05 and Exxon Mobil Corp (NYSE: XOM ) was up 1.43% or 1.09 points to 77.52 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Caterpillar Inc (NYSE: CAT ), which lost 1.22% or 1.64 points to trade at 132.65 in late trade. Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE: GS ) declined 0.87% or 1.81 points to end at 205.96 and Dow Inc (NYSE: DOW ) shed 0.67% or 0.32 points to 47.55.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE: CHK ) which rose 5.52% to 1.910, Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ: WDC ) which was up 4.97% to settle at 54.04 and Align Technology Inc (NASDAQ: ALGN ) which gained 4.08% to close at 286.65.

The worst performers were Hanesbrands Inc (NYSE: HBI ) which was down 4.95% to 16.33 in late trade, Unum Group (NYSE: UNM ) which lost 4.89% to settle at 32.86 and WW Grainger Inc (NYSE: GWW ) which was down 3.03% to 258.60 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Vislink Technologies Inc (NASDAQ: VISL ) which rose 146.99% to 4.1000, SeaChange International Inc (NASDAQ: SEAC ) which was up 32.12% to settle at 1.81 and FuelCell Energy Inc (NASDAQ: FCEL ) which gained 29.35% to close at 0.800.

The worst performers were MMTEC Inc (NASDAQ: MTC ) which was down 28.67% to 10.70 in late trade, Top Ships Inc (NASDAQ: TOPS ) which lost 20.85% to settle at 0.5174 and GreenPro Capital Corp (NASDAQ: GRNQ ) which was down 19.44% to 0.870000 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1862 to 1158 and 19 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1388 rose and 1264 declined, while 100 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 7.52% to 13.03.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was up 1.47% or 20.55 to $1421.05 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in August rose 4.22% or 2.44 to hit $60.27 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract rose 0.11% or 0.07 to trade at $66.68 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.06% to 1.1256, while USD/JPY fell 0.04% to 108.42.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.39% at 96.718.

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