U.S. stocks higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.15%

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

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 0.15%, while the S&P 500 index climbed 0.21%, and the NASDAQ Composite index gained 0.60%.

The best performers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Home Depot Inc (NYSE:HD), which rose 2.21% or 4.30 points to trade at 198.61 at the close. Meanwhile, Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) added 2.02% or 1.10 points to end at 55.46 and Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE:GS) was up 1.70% or 3.36 points to 200.86 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Boeing Co (NYSE:BA), which fell 1.54% or 6.01 points to trade at 384.74 at the close. Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ:WBA) declined 0.94% or 0.52 points to end at 54.84 and Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:KO) was down 0.84% or 0.39 points to 46.18.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Acuity Brands Inc (NYSE:AYI) which rose 8.80% to 134.79, Advanced Micro Devices Inc (NASDAQ:AMD) which was up 8.49% to settle at 29.02 and Nielsen Holdings PLC (NYSE:NLSN) which gained 7.22% to close at 26.00.

The worst performers were Range Resources Corp (NYSE:RRC) which was down 5.88% to 10.24 in late trade, Altria Group (NYSE:MO) which lost 4.78% to settle at 53.98 and Raytheon Company (NYSE:RTN) which was down 4.54% to 177.37 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Ocean Power Technologies Inc (NASDAQ:OPTT) which rose 55.20% to 7.760, Yangtze River Port and Logistics Ltd (NASDAQ:YRIV) which was up 55.01% to settle at 1.13 and Evogene Ltd (NASDAQ:EVGN) which gained 30.00% to close at 2.34.

The worst performers were Fusion Telecommunications International Inc (NASDAQ:FSNN) which was down 81.64% to 0.220 in late trade, Obalon Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:OBLN) which lost 61.87% to settle at 0.56 and Phunware Inc (NASDAQ:PHUN) which was down 60.60% to 5.52 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 1691 to 1266 and 135 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1497 rose and 1134 declined, while 81 ended unchanged.

Shares in Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ:WBA) fell to 5-year lows; falling 0.94% or 0.52 to 54.84. Shares in Fusion Telecommunications International Inc (NASDAQ:FSNN) fell to all time lows; down 81.64% or 0.980 to 0.220. Shares in Obalon Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:OBLN) fell to all time lows; falling 61.87% or 0.91 to 0.56. Shares in Phunware Inc (NASDAQ:PHUN) fell to all time lows; down 60.60% or 8.49 to 5.52.

The CBOE Volatility Index, which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 2.84% to 13.74.

Gold Futures for June delivery was down 0.09% or 1.15 to $1294.25 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in May fell 0.16% or 0.10 to hit $62.48 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract rose 0.04% or 0.03 to trade at $69.52 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.05% to 1.1240, while USD/JPY rose 0.02% to 111.50.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.23% at 96.703.