U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.31%

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U.S. shares higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.31%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Utilities , Healthcare and Consumer Goods sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 0.31% to hit a new all time high, while the S&P 500 index gained 0.19%, and the NASDAQ Composite index gained 0.08%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE: UNH ), which rose 2.83% or 8.17 points to trade at 296.41 at the close. Visa Inc Class A (NYSE: V ) added 1.91% or 3.75 points to end at 199.80 and Merck & Company Inc (NYSE: MRK ) was up 1.79% or 1.61 points to 91.54 in late trade.

Biggest losers included JPMorgan Chase & Co (NYSE: JPM ), which lost 1.50% or 2.08 points to trade at 136.72 in late trade. 3M Company (NYSE: MMM ) declined 0.88% or 1.59 points to end at 179.78 and Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC ) shed 0.82% or 0.49 points to 58.94.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Coty Inc (NYSE: COTY ) which rose 6.26% to 11.37, Nielsen Holdings PLC (NYSE: NLSN ) which was up 5.34% to settle at 21.51 and Mylan NV (NASDAQ: MYL ) which gained 4.01% to close at 22.05.

The worst performers were Nektar Therapeutics (NASDAQ: NKTR ) which was down 15.99% to 23.49 in late trade, Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT ) which lost 6.59% to settle at 117.00 and Align Technology Inc (NASDAQ: ALGN ) which was down 4.70% to 274.10 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Reebonz Holding Ltd (NASDAQ: RBZ ) which rose 67.27% to 1.84, Cemtrex Inc (NASDAQ: CETX ) which was up 54.24% to settle at 1.8200 and OrganiGram Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: OGI ) which gained 45.37% to close at 3.1400.

The worst performers were Estre USA Inc Class A (NASDAQ: ESTR ) which was down 46.72% to 0.32 in late trade, Inpixon (NASDAQ: INPX ) which lost 28.32% to settle at 4.0500 and Nektar Therapeutics (NASDAQ: NKTR ) which was down 15.99% to 23.49 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1621 to 1177 and 113 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1461 rose and 1174 declined, while 89 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 0.24% to 12.42.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.77% or 11.95 to $1556.55 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in February fell 0.24% or 0.14 to hit $58.09 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract fell 0.08% or 0.05 to trade at $64.25 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.02% to 1.1152, while USD/JPY fell 0.00% to 109.88.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.15% at 96.947.

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