U.S. stocks higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.29%

Investing.com – U.S. stocks were higher after the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Consumer Goods, Basic Materials and Consumer Services sectors led shares higher.

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At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.29% to hit a new all time high, while the S&P 500 index gained 0.65%, and the NASDAQ Composite index added 1.04%.

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The best performers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ:WBA), which rose 3.10% or 1.48 points to trade at 49.23 at the close. Meanwhile, Nike Inc (NYSE:NKE) added 2.78% or 4.67 points to end at 172.50 and Amgen Inc (NASDAQ:AMGN) was up 1.82% or 3.89 points to 218.15 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Caterpillar Inc (NYSE:CAT), which fell 1.69% or 3.50 points to trade at 203.62 at the close. Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE:GS) declined 1.47% or 6.22 points to end at 417.63 and Chevron Corp (NYSE:CVX) was down 0.71% or 0.81 points to 113.02.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Capri Holdings Ltd (NYSE:CPRI) which rose 15.85% to 64.33, FMC Corporation (NYSE:FMC) which was up 12.65% to settle at 105.24 and Kohls Corp (NYSE:KSS) which gained 7.98% to close at 56.52.

The worst performers were Activision Blizzard Inc (NASDAQ:ATVI) which was down 14.07% to 66.74 in late trade, Teleflex Incorporated (NYSE:TFX) which lost 5.84% to settle at 348.13 and Broadridge Financial Solutions Inc (NYSE:BR) which was down 5.03% to 169.87 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were FAT Brands Inc (NASDAQ:FATBB) which rose 99.35% to 15.45, Petros Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:PTPI) which was up 65.14% to settle at 2.890 and iRhythm Technologies Inc (NASDAQ:IRTC) which gained 60.13% to close at 122.98.

The worst performers were Urban One Inc Class D (NASDAQ:UONEK) which was down 37.60% to 4.580 in late trade, Skywater Technology Inc (NASDAQ:SKYT) which lost 36.26% to settle at 20.80 and Urban One (NASDAQ:UONE) which was down 31.64% to 7.520 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 2114 to 1145 and 141 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 2481 rose and 1190 declined, while 175 ended unchanged.

Shares in Capri Holdings Ltd (NYSE:CPRI) rose to 3-years highs; up 15.85% or 8.80 to 64.33. Shares in Activision Blizzard Inc (NASDAQ:ATVI) fell to 52-week lows; down 14.07% or 10.93 to 66.74.

The CBOE Volatility Index, which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 5.80% to 15.10.

Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.89% or 15.95 to $1773.45 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in December fell 4.53% or 3.80 to hit $80.11 a barrel, while the January Brent oil contract fell 3.99% or 3.38 to trade at $81.34 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.32% to 1.1614, while USD/JPY rose 0.03% to 113.99.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.25% at 93.840.

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