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 Oil & Gas , Financials and Industrials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 0.11%, while the S&P 500 index gained 0.22%, and the NASDAQ Composite index added 0.15%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were American Express Company (NYSE: AXP ), which rose 3.11% or 5.02 points to trade at 166.22 at the close. JPMorgan Chase & Co (NYSE: JPM ) added 2.06% or 3.25 points to end at 160.92 and The Travelers Companies Inc (NYSE: TRV ) was up 1.22% or 1.96 points to 162.60 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Amgen Inc (NASDAQ: AMGN ), which lost 1.23% or 2.75 points to trade at 221.63 in late trade. UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE: UNH ) declined 0.87% or 3.68 points to end at 419.73 and Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL ) shed 0.84% or 1.26 points to 148.36.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ: WDC ) which rose 7.87% to 65.54, Ulta Beauty Inc (NASDAQ: ULTA ) which was up 4.07% to settle at 389.07 and NRG Energy Inc (NYSE: NRG ) which gained 3.79% to close at 45.62.

The worst performers were Nordstrom Inc (NYSE: JWN ) which was down 17.64% to 31.14 in late trade, Gap Inc (NYSE: GPS ) which lost 5.34% to settle at 27.47 and Nucor Corp (NYSE: NUE ) which was down 2.69% to 119.94 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Regencell Bioscience Holdings Ltd (NASDAQ: RGC ) which rose 200.20% to 45.93, Locust Walk Acquisition Corp (NASDAQ: LWAC ) which was up 86.71% to settle at 16.356 and Aditx Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: ADTX ) which gained 52.53% to close at 3.020.

The worst performers were Cassava Sciences Inc (NASDAQ: SAVA ) which was down 31.40% to 80.83 in late trade, 111 Inc (NASDAQ: YI ) which lost 18.45% to settle at 6.540 and Lexinfintech Holdings Ltd (NASDAQ: LX ) which was down 13.42% to 6.97 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1913 to 1257 and 166 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 2033 rose and 1494 declined, while 142 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 2.50% to 16.79.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.89% or 16.05 to $1792.45 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in October rose 0.89% or 0.60 to hit $68.14 a barrel, while the November Brent oil contract rose 0.92% or 0.65 to trade at $71.06 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.16% to 1.1772, while USD/JPY rose 0.35% to 110.00.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.07% at 92.840.

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