U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.10%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.10%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Healthcare , Technology and Basic Materials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 0.10%, while the S&P 500 index gained 0.31%, and the NASDAQ Composite index gained 0.64%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL ), which rose 2.28% or 3.90 points to trade at 175.08 at the close. Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS ) added 1.64% or 2.48 points to end at 153.29 and Merck & Company Inc (NYSE: MRK ) was up 1.25% or 0.90 points to 73.18 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Cisco Systems Inc (NASDAQ: CSCO ), which lost 1.83% or 1.06 points to trade at 57.02 in late trade. Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC ) declined 1.56% or 0.82 points to end at 51.75 and Honeywell International Inc (NASDAQ: HON ) shed 1.21% or 2.50 points to 204.65.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd (NYSE: NCLH ) which rose 8.20% to 21.77, Helmerich and Payne Inc (NYSE: HP ) which was up 5.83% to settle at 24.51 and Carnival Corporation (NYSE: CCL ) which gained 5.57% to close at 19.53.

The worst performers were Kroger Company (NYSE: KR ) which was down 5.13% to 42.76 in late trade, Kraft Heinz Co (NASDAQ: KHC ) which lost 3.94% to settle at 33.15 and Brown Forman (NYSE: BFb ) which was down 2.77% to 70.44 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Insignia Systems Inc (NASDAQ: ISIG ) which rose 84.10% to 19.110, Energy Focu (NASDAQ: EFOI ) which was up 70.26% to settle at 3.320 and Pioneer Pow (NASDAQ: PPSI ) which gained 34.04% to close at 10.790.

The worst performers were Radius Heal (NASDAQ: RDUS ) which was down 44.30% to 8.01 in late trade, Nuvei Corp (NASDAQ: NVEI ) which lost 40.45% to settle at 57.97 and Stitch Fix (NASDAQ: SFIX ) which was down 23.91% to 19.00 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2069 to 1174 and 147 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 2536 rose and 1291 declined, while 168 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 9.09% to 19.90.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was down 0.04% or 0.65 to $1784.05 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in January rose 0.85% or 0.61 to hit $72.66 a barrel, while the February Brent oil contract rose 0.04% or 0.03 to trade at $75.95 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.03% to 1.1345, while USD/JPY rose 0.04% to 113.71.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.44% at 95.945.

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