U.S. stocks higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.30%

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Investing.com – U.S. stocks were higher after the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Utilities, Technology and Industrials sectors led shares higher.

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At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.30%, while the S&P 500 index added 0.41%, and the NASDAQ Composite index climbed 0.47%.

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The best performers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), which rose 1.51% or 4.35 points to trade at 293.11 at the close. Meanwhile, Procter&Gamble Company (NYSE:PG) added 1.33% or 1.86 points to end at 141.19 and Salesforce.com Inc (NYSE:CRM) was up 1.29% or 3.50 points to 275.27 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Dow Inc (NYSE:DOW), which fell 3.28% or 1.94 points to trade at 57.16 at the close. Cisco Systems Inc (NASDAQ:CSCO) declined 1.37% or 0.75 points to end at 53.94 and Merck&Company Inc (NYSE:MRK) was down 1.15% or 0.94 points to 80.66.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Intercontinental Exchange Inc (NYSE:ICE) which rose 3.84% to 122.62, CSX Corporation (NASDAQ:CSX) which was up 3.53% to settle at 32.54 and Vulcan Materials Company (NYSE:VMC) which gained 3.21% to close at 174.71.

The worst performers were Electronic Arts Inc (NASDAQ:EA) which was down 6.95% to 134.07 in late trade, Nektar Therapeutics (NASDAQ:NKTR) which lost 5.95% to settle at 16.12 and Seagate Technology PLC (NASDAQ:STX) which was down 5.33% to 80.61 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Voyager Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:VYGR) which rose 56.68% to 3.870, Grom Social Enterprises Inc (NASDAQ:GROM) which was up 48.35% to settle at 4.940 and Nextplay Technologies Inc (NASDAQ:NXTP) which gained 28.24% to close at 1.680.

The worst performers were DatChat Inc (NASDAQ:DATS) which was down 17.08% to 7.38 in late trade, ACON S2 Acquisition Corp (NASDAQ:STWO) which lost 16.11% to settle at 7.500 and Erasca Inc (NASDAQ:ERAS) which was down 16.04% to 19.10 at the close.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 1793 to 1393 and 131 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 2187 fell and 1340 advanced, while 151 ended unchanged.

Shares in Intercontinental Exchange Inc (NYSE:ICE) rose to all time highs; up 3.84% or 4.54 to 122.62. Shares in ACON S2 Acquisition Corp (NASDAQ:STWO) fell to all time lows; falling 16.11% or 1.440 to 7.500.

The CBOE Volatility Index, which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 1.41% to 21.00.

Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.22% or 3.85 to $1764.75 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in November fell 2.34% or 1.85 to hit $77.08 a barrel, while the December Brent oil contract fell 2.10% or 1.73 to trade at $80.83 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.32% to 1.1559, while USD/JPY fell 0.04% to 111.40.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.46% at 94.215.

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