U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.43%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.43%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Tuesday, as gains in the Industrials , Basic Materials and Utilities sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.43%, while the S&P 500 index climbed 0.49%, and the NASDAQ Composite index climbed 0.55%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were 3M Company (NYSE: MMM ), which rose 3.51% or 7.20 points to trade at 212.32 at the close. Pfizer Inc (NYSE: PFE ) added 3.47% or 1.34 points to end at 39.93 and Caterpillar Inc (NYSE: CAT ) was up 2.90% or 4.05 points to 143.80 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ: WBA ), which lost 2.23% or 1.54 points to trade at 67.62 in late trade. Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE: VZ ) declined 1.62% or 0.85 points to end at 51.64 and JPMorgan Chase & Co (NYSE: JPM ) shed 1.52% or 1.78 points to 114.95.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Illumina Inc (NASDAQ: ILMN ) which rose 12.14% to 324.36, KLA-Tencor Corporation (NASDAQ: KLAC ) which was up 10.46% to settle at 117.42 and Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS ) which gained 9.68% to close at 164.95.

The worst performers were IPG Photonics Corporation (NASDAQ: IPGP ) which was down 26.87% to 164.04 in late trade, Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc (NYSE: CMG ) which lost 6.83% to settle at 433.66 and Signet Jewelers Ltd (NYSE: SIG ) which was down 6.33% to 57.74 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Naked Brand Group Ltd (NASDAQ: NAKD ) which rose 44.58% to 6.000, Medpace Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: MEDP ) which was up 30.38% to settle at 61.37 and Aytu BioScience Inc (NASDAQ: AYTU ) which gained 20.70% to close at 0.3435.

The worst performers were Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc (NASDAQ: HMNY ) which was down 38.00% to 0.496 in late trade, GDS Holdings Ltd (NASDAQ: GDS ) which lost 37.18% to settle at 21.83 and JMU Ltd (NASDAQ: JMU ) which was down 34.14% to 1.910 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2074 to 1002 and 103 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1623 rose and 951 declined, while 129 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 9.54% to 12.90.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was up 0.20% or 2.40 to $1223.70 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in September fell 1.97% or 1.38 to hit $68.75 a barrel, while the October Brent oil contract fell 1.69% or 1.28 to trade at $74.27 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.07% to 1.1698, while USD/JPY rose 0.65% to 111.78.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.15% at 94.28.

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