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 Financials , Technology and Healthcare sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.70% to hit a new all time high, while the S&P 500 index gained 0.07%, and the NASDAQ Composite index climbed 0.01%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were International Business Machines (NYSE: IBM ), which rose 8.86% or 12.99 points to trade at 159.53 at the close. Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE: GS ) added 2.52% or 5.94 points to end at 242.03 and Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC ) was up 1.16% or 0.46 points to 40.25 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX ), which lost 1.72% or 2.07 points to trade at 118.15 in late trade. Pfizer Inc (NYSE: PFE ) declined 1.02% or 0.37 points to end at 35.83 and Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL ) shed 0.44% or 0.71 points to 159.76.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were International Business Machines (NYSE: IBM ) which rose 8.86% to 159.53, Assurant Inc (NYSE: AIZ ) which was up 6.20% to settle at 101.80 and Nielsen Holdings (NYSE: NLSN ) which gained 4.22% to close at 41.69.

The worst performers were Allergan Plc (NYSE: AGN ) which was down 5.37% to 187.15 in late trade, Transocean Ltd (NYSE: RIG ) which lost 4.45% to settle at 10.31 and Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc (NYSE: CMG ) which was down 3.36% to 318.24 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Ocean Power Technologies Inc (NASDAQ: OPTT ) which rose 38.89% to 2.000, Spectrum Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: SPPI ) which was up 36.03% to settle at 19.67 and China Internet Nationwide Financial Services Inc (NASDAQ: CIFS ) which gained 28.67% to close at 28.90.

The worst performers were Akari Therapeutics PLC (NASDAQ: AKTX ) which was down 29.69% to 4.500 in late trade, Social Reality Inc (NASDAQ: SRAX ) which lost 25.49% to settle at 3.6510 and Neothetics Inc (NASDAQ: NEOT ) which was down 22.67% to 1.33 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1584 to 1508 and 134 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1405 rose and 1101 declined, while 141 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 1.94% to 10.11.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.24% or 3.05 to $1283.15 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in November rose 0.27% or 0.14 to hit $52.02 a barrel, while the December Brent oil contract rose 0.54% or 0.31 to trade at $58.19 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.23% to 1.1793, while USD/JPY rose 0.65% to 112.93.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.10% at 93.27.

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