© Reuters. U.S. stocks higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.27%

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 gained 0.27%, while the index gained 0.29%, and the index added 0.30%.

The best performers of the session on the were International Business Machines (NYSE:), which rose 0.93% or 1.23 points to trade at 134.04 at the close. Meanwhile, Cisco Systems Inc (NASDAQ:) added 0.78% or 0.37 points to end at 47.96 and Apple Inc (NASDAQ:) was up 0.73% or 2.13 points to 293.65 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Walmart Inc (NYSE:), which fell 0.47% or 0.56 points to trade at 118.84 at the close. Boeing Co (NYSE:) declined 0.20% or 0.64 points to end at 325.76 and Merck & Company Inc (NYSE:) was down 0.09% or 0.08 points to 90.95.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Nektar Therapeutics (NASDAQ:) which rose 3.92% to 21.59, Mylan NV (NASDAQ:) which was up 3.45% to settle at 20.10 and DuPont Inc (NYSE:) which gained 3.07% to close at 64.20.

The worst performers were Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:) which was down 1.46% to 343.97 in late trade, L3Harris Technologies Inc (NYSE:) which lost 1.10% to settle at 197.87 and Anthem Inc (NYSE:) which was down 1.07% to 302.03 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were FuelCell Energy Inc (NASDAQ:) which rose 49.40% to 2.510, Viveve Medical Inc (NASDAQ:) which was up 47.13% to settle at 1.2600 and Inpixon (NASDAQ:) which gained 43.61% to close at 0.1090.

The worst performers were Onconova Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:) which was down 20.08% to 0.3830 in late trade, InVivo Therapeutics Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:) which lost 19.68% to settle at 0.22 and Equillium Inc (NASDAQ:) which was down 19.33% to 3.38 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 152 to 93 and 3 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 0 fell and 0 advanced.

Shares in Apple Inc (NASDAQ:) rose to all time highs; gaining 0.73% or 2.13 to 293.65.

The , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was unchanged 0.00% to 13.78.

Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.09% or 1.35 to $1519.95 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in February fell 0.78% or 0.48 to hit $61.20 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract fell 0.96% or 0.64 to trade at $66.03 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.04% to 1.1215, while USD/JPY rose 0.02% to 108.72.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.27% at 96.150.

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