Investing.com – U.S. equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the , and sectors propelled shares higher.
At the close in NYSE, the rose 1.79%, while the index added 1.86%, and the index climbed 1.62%.
The biggest gainers of the session on the were Caterpillar Inc (NYSE:), which rose 5.35% or 9.78 points to trade at 192.61 at the close. Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:) added 4.38% or 2.05 points to end at 48.87 and Dow Inc (NYSE:) was up 3.62% or 2.07 points to 59.20 in late trade.
Biggest losers included Visa Inc Class A (NYSE:), which lost 0.23% or 0.49 points to trade at 208.48 in late trade. Walmart Inc (NYSE:) added 0.13% or 0.17 points to end at 136.16 and Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE:) gained 0.31% or 0.48 points to 153.79.
The top performers on the S&P 500 were EPAM Systems Inc (NYSE:) which rose 16.08% to 245.17, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co (NYSE:) which was up 10.25% to settle at 16.99 and Las Vegas Sands Corp (NYSE:) which gained 10.17% to close at 44.40.
The worst performers were Charter Communications Inc (NASDAQ:) which was down 3.99% to 570.99 in late trade, Enphase Energy Inc (NASDAQ:) which lost 3.93% to settle at 163.89 and Dentsply Sirona Inc (NASDAQ:) which was down 3.46% to 52.48 at the close.
The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Ecmoho Ltd (NASDAQ:) which rose 56.65% to 0.37, Imperial Petroleum Inc (NASDAQ:) which was up 39.19% to settle at 2.06 and Regulus Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:) which gained 35.56% to close at 0.31.
The worst performers were SAB Biotherapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:) which was down 39.87% to 2.76 in late trade, Karyopharm Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:) which lost 39.75% to settle at 6.26 and Puhui Wealth Investment Management Co Ltd (NASDAQ:) which was down 36.08% to 0.84 at the close.
Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2431 to 796 and 119 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 2597 rose and 1210 declined, while 230 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.
The , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 7.74% to 30.74.
In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was down 0.67% or 13.00 to $1,930.80 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in April rose 7.71% or 7.97 to hit $111.38 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract rose 0.45% or 0.52 to trade at $115.08 a barrel.
EUR/USD was unchanged 0.02% to 1.11, while USD/JPY rose 0.03% to 115.54.
The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.03% at 97.37.