U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.70%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.70%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Telecoms , Utilities and Consumer Goods sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.70%, while the S&P 500 index added 0.22%, and the NASDAQ Composite index gained 0.08%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were International Business Machines (NYSE: IBM ), which rose 8.46% or 10.37 points to trade at 132.89 at the close. United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX ) added 5.38% or 5.98 points to end at 117.04 and Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE: PG ) was up 4.87% or 4.40 points to 94.84 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Exxon Mobil Corp (NYSE: XOM ), which lost 0.82% or 0.59 points to trade at 71.30 in late trade. Chevron Corp (NYSE: CVX ) declined 0.85% or 0.95 points to end at 111.39 and Visa Inc (NYSE: V ) shed 0.75% or 1.04 points to 137.01.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Waters Corporation (NYSE: WAT ) which rose 12.69% to 229.51, Synchrony Financial (NYSE: SYF ) which was up 10.73% to settle at 29.40 and International Business Machines (NYSE: IBM ) which gained 8.46% to close at 132.89.

The worst performers were Capital One Financial Corporation (NYSE: COF ) which was down 6.24% to 78.20 in late trade, Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR ) which lost 5.06% to settle at 119.83 and EQT Corporation (NYSE: EQT ) which was down 4.70% to 19.05 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were SPI Energy Co Ltd (NASDAQ: SPI ) which rose 194.36% to 2.87, Boxlight Corp Class A (NASDAQ: BOXL ) which was up 34.58% to settle at 3.23 and Blink Charging Co (NASDAQ: BLNK ) which gained 28.57% to close at 2.2500.

The worst performers were Avalon Globocare Corp (NASDAQ: AVCO ) which was down 63.35% to 4.600 in late trade, Bellerophon Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: BLPH ) which lost 23.91% to settle at 0.670 and Internet Gold Golden Lines Ltd (NASDAQ: IGLD ) which was down 22.85% to 0.64 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1533 to 1473 and 125 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1380 fell and 1228 advanced, while 93 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 6.15% to 19.52.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was down 0.11% or 1.35 to $1282.05 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in March fell 0.68% or 0.36 to hit $52.65 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract fell 0.55% or 0.34 to trade at $61.16 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.21% to 1.1381, while USD/JPY rose 0.21% to 109.59.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.17% at 95.795.

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