U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.31%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.31%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Tuesday, as gains in the Utilities , Consumer Goods and Financials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.31% to hit a new all time high, while the S&P 500 index climbed 0.23%, and the NASDAQ Composite index added 0.11%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE: WMT ), which rose 4.47% or 3.60 points to trade at 84.13 at the close. Caterpillar Inc (NYSE: CAT ) added 1.03% or 1.31 points to end at 128.19 and Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO ) was up 1.01% or 0.46 points to 45.87 in late trade.

Biggest losers included UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE: UNH ), which lost 0.83% or 1.62 points to trade at 194.68 in late trade. Cisco Systems Inc (NASDAQ: CSCO ) declined 0.62% or 0.21 points to end at 33.55 and Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE: PG ) shed 0.54% or 0.50 points to 91.62.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were American Airlines Group (NASDAQ: AAL ) which rose 4.80% to 53.03, United Continental Holdings Inc (NYSE: UAL ) which was up 4.67% to settle at 67.72 and Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE: WMT ) which gained 4.47% to close at 84.13.

The worst performers were Apache Corporation (NYSE: APA ) which was down 7.39% to 42.46 in late trade, Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE: CHK ) which lost 6.68% to settle at 3.910 and Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ: SYMC ) which was down 3.19% to 31.59 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Roka Bioscience Inc (NASDAQ: ROKA ) which rose 134.57% to 1.9000, AnaptysBio Inc (NASDAQ: ANAB ) which was up 101.17% to settle at 70.41 and LiNiu Technology Group (NASDAQ: LINU ) which gained 43.51% to close at 2.210.

The worst performers were Rentech Inc (NASDAQ: RTK ) which was down 37.02% to 0.240 in late trade, Cleantech Solutions International Inc (NASDAQ: CLNT ) which lost 24.85% to settle at 4.900 and Neothetics Inc (NASDAQ: NEOT ) which was down 21.69% to 0.53 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1930 to 1117 and 155 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1479 rose and 1035 declined, while 125 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 2.42% to 10.08.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.46% or 5.88 to $1290.88 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in November rose 2.64% or 1.31 to hit $50.89 a barrel, while the December Brent oil contract rose 1.33% or 0.74 to trade at $56.53 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.61% to 1.1812, while USD/JPY fell 0.21% to 112.44.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.51% at 93.07.

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