U.S. stocks higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.68% By Investing.com

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

At the close in NYSE, the rose 0.68%, while the index gained 0.78%, and the index gained 1.44%.

The best performers of the session on the were Walt Disney Company (NYSE:), which rose 2.67% or 3.03 points to trade at 116.66 at the close. Meanwhile, Apple Inc (NASDAQ:) added 2.33% or 8.68 points to end at 381.37 and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:) was up 2.20% or 4.58 points to 212.83 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Dow Inc (NYSE:), which fell 3.21% or 1.34 points to trade at 40.35 at the close. Walmart Inc (NYSE:) declined 1.98% or 2.51 points to end at 124.44 and Merck & Company Inc (NYSE:) was down 1.02% or 0.80 points to 77.92.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Kohls Corp (NYSE:) which rose 9.46% to 22.22, Twitter Inc (NYSE:) which was up 7.34% to settle at 35.41 and Fortinet Inc (NASDAQ:) which gained 6.08% to close at 146.35.

The worst performers were Mosaic Co (NYSE:) which was down 5.91% to 12.11 in late trade, CF Industries Holdings Inc (NYSE:) which lost 5.07% to settle at 27.74 and Mohawk Industries Inc (NYSE:) which was down 4.78% to 91.39 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were National General Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:) which rose 65.80% to 33.84, Altimmune Inc (NASDAQ:) which was up 52.19% to settle at 17.030 and Senmiao Technology Ltd (NASDAQ:) which gained 49.84% to close at 1.2500.

The worst performers were Ascena Retail Group Inc (NASDAQ:) which was down 20.16% to 1.03 in late trade, Centogene B V (NASDAQ:) which lost 18.66% to settle at 19.18 and Vivus Inc (NASDAQ:) which was down 15.79% to 0.680 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 1691 to 1151 and 94 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1510 rose and 1169 declined, while 71 ended unchanged.

Shares in Fortinet Inc (NASDAQ:) rose to all time highs; rising 6.08% or 8.39 to 146.35. Shares in Apple Inc (NASDAQ:) rose to all time highs; gaining 2.33% or 8.68 to 381.37. Shares in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:) rose to all time highs; rising 2.20% or 4.58 to 212.83. Shares in National General Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:) rose to all time highs; up 65.80% or 13.43 to 33.84. Shares in Altimmune Inc (NASDAQ:) rose to 52-week highs; up 52.19% or 5.840 to 17.030. Shares in Vivus Inc (NASDAQ:) fell to all time lows; down 15.79% or 0.128 to 0.680.

The , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 4.59% to 28.08.

Gold Futures for August delivery was up 0.45% or 8.10 to $1818.00 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in August rose 0.62% or 0.25 to hit $40.87 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract rose 0.14% or 0.06 to trade at $43.36 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.02% to 1.1331, while USD/JPY rose 0.04% to 107.30.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.43% at 96.425.

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