U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.82%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.82%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Tuesday, as gains in the Oil & Gas , Technology and Industrials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 0.82%, while the S&P 500 index climbed 0.80%, and the NASDAQ Composite index added 1.14%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Dow Inc (NYSE: DOW ), which rose 2.96% or 1.51 points to trade at 52.46 at the close. Visa Inc Class A (NYSE: V ) added 1.89% or 2.97 points to end at 160.30 and Caterpillar Inc (NYSE: CAT ) was up 1.74% or 2.18 points to 127.48 in late trade.

Biggest losers included UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE: UNH ), which lost 1.32% or 3.17 points to trade at 236.38 in late trade. McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE: MCD ) declined 0.51% or 1.02 points to end at 198.01 and Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE: PG ) shed 0.49% or 0.52 points to 105.59.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE: CHK ) which rose 6.67% to 2.560, CenturyLink Inc (NYSE: CTL ) which was up 4.61% to settle at 10.99 and Electronic Arts Inc (NASDAQ: EA ) which gained 4.59% to close at 94.57.

The worst performers were Ralph Lauren Corp Class A (NYSE: RL ) which was down 3.68% to 113.93 in late trade, Xylem Inc (NYSE: XYL ) which lost 1.80% to settle at 75.42 and Church & Dwight Company Inc (NYSE: CHD ) which was down 1.65% to 72.47 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Insys Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: INSY ) which rose 30.51% to 1.24, National Security Group Inc (NASDAQ: NSEC ) which was up 24.85% to settle at 14.27 and Novavax Inc (NASDAQ: NVAX ) which gained 23.78% to close at 7.130.

The worst performers were Bison Capital Acquisition Corp (NASDAQ: BCAC ) which was down 54.95% to 4.69 in late trade, Fuel Tech Inc (NASDAQ: FTEK ) which lost 35.08% to settle at 1.610 and Solid Biosciences LLC (NASDAQ: SLDB ) which was down 28.59% to 6.32 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2246 to 786 and 36 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1940 rose and 716 declined, while 73 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 12.12% to 18.06.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was down 0.33% or 4.25 to $1297.55 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in June rose 0.49% or 0.30 to hit $61.34 a barrel, while the July Brent oil contract rose 0.10% or 0.07 to trade at $70.93 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.05% to 1.1208, while USD/JPY rose 0.02% to 109.61.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.23% at 97.340.

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