U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.11%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.11%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Basic Materials , Industrials and Technology sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.11%, while the S&P 500 index added 0.29%, and the NASDAQ Composite index gained 0.44%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX ), which rose 1.31% or 1.90 points to trade at 147.27 at the close. Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS ) added 1.02% or 1.49 points to end at 147.59 and Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL ) was up 0.85% or 2.29 points to 270.77 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Home Depot Inc (NYSE: HD ), which lost 1.81% or 3.90 points to trade at 212.00 in late trade. Chevron Corp (NYSE: CVX ) declined 1.41% or 1.66 points to end at 116.23 and Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ: WBA ) shed 0.68% or 0.40 points to 58.01.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Skyworks Solutions Inc (NASDAQ: SWKS ) which rose 4.69% to 109.29, Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold Inc (NYSE: FCX ) which was up 4.56% to settle at 12.84 and Applied Materials Inc (NASDAQ: AMAT ) which gained 4.27% to close at 59.04.

The worst performers were Nektar Therapeutics (NASDAQ: NKTR ) which was down 3.79% to 21.60 in late trade, General Mills Inc (NYSE: GIS ) which lost 3.12% to settle at 51.58 and L Brands Inc (NYSE: LB ) which was down 2.97% to 17.30 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were CTI Industries Corporation (NASDAQ: CTIB ) which rose 150.80% to 1.48, Forward Pharma A S (NASDAQ: FWP ) which was up 69.91% to settle at 9.60 and Bellicum Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: BLCM ) which gained 40.72% to close at 1.13.

The worst performers were Correvio Pharma Corp (NASDAQ: CORV ) which was down 67.14% to 0.460 in late trade, Iterum Therapeutics PLC (NASDAQ: ITRM ) which lost 36.33% to settle at 3.12 and Sienna Biopharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: SNNA ) which was down 34.79% to 0.13 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1743 to 1066 and 105 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1418 rose and 1240 declined, while 81 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 4.40% to 14.99.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.76% or 11.20 to $1479.30 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in January fell 0.73% or 0.43 to hit $58.81 a barrel, while the February Brent oil contract rose 0.05% or 0.03 to trade at $63.86 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.03% to 1.1132, while USD/JPY rose 0.02% to 108.56.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.26% at 97.127.

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