U.S. shares mixed at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.43%

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U.S. shares mixed at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.43%

Investing.com – U.S. equities were mixed at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Telecoms , Utilities and Healthcare sectors propelled shares higher while losses in the Consumer Services , Technology and Industrials sectors led shares lower.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.43% to hit a new 1-month high, while the S&P 500 index gained 0.37%, and the NASDAQ Composite index lost 0.05%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE: UNH ), which rose 2.52% or 10.71 points to trade at 435.09 at the close. Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE: VZ ) added 2.41% or 1.26 points to end at 53.61 and The Travelers Companies Inc (NYSE: TRV ) was up 2.12% or 3.30 points to 158.69 in late trade.

Biggest losers included McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE: MCD ), which lost 1.26% or 3.05 points to trade at 239.72 in late trade. Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE: GS ) declined 1.04% or 4.27 points to end at 407.89 and Visa Inc Class A (NYSE: V ) shed 0.90% or 2.10 points to 231.42.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Anthem Inc (NYSE: ANTM ) which rose 7.70% to 424.05, People’s United Financial Inc (NASDAQ: PBCT ) which was up 5.85% to settle at 18.81 and M&T Bank Corp (NYSE: MTB ) which gained 5.78% to close at 160.41.

The worst performers were Baker Hughes Co (NYSE: BKR ) which was down 5.66% to 25.35 in late trade, PayPal Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: PYPL ) which lost 4.91% to settle at 258.36 and Nasdaq Inc (NASDAQ: NDAQ ) which was down 4.64% to 199.16 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Xiaobai Maimai Inc (NASDAQ: HX ) which rose 98.42% to 18.8700, Sesen Bio Inc (NASDAQ: SESN ) which was up 25.74% to settle at 1.270 and Puhui Wealth Investment Management Co Ltd (NASDAQ: PHCF ) which gained 22.66% to close at 2.490.

The worst performers were Vinco Ventures Inc (NASDAQ: BBIG ) which was down 17.99% to 6.380 in late trade, Grove Inc (NASDAQ: GRVI ) which lost 15.45% to settle at 6.46 and ALJ Regional Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: ALJJ ) which was down 15.38% to 0.9900 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2183 to 1006 and 151 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 2041 rose and 1529 declined, while 204 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 1.34% to 15.49 a new 1-month low.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.74% or 13.05 to $1783.55 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in December rose 1.21% or 1.00 to hit $83.44 a barrel, while the December Brent oil contract rose 0.86% or 0.73 to trade at $85.81 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.15% to 1.1650, while USD/JPY fell 0.04% to 114.32.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.14% at 93.600.

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