U.S. stocks higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.17%

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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 gained 0.17%, while the index climbed 0.28%, and the index gained 0.19%.

The best performers of the session on the were Merck & Company Inc (NYSE:), which rose 1.93% or 1.57 points to trade at 82.87 at the close. Meanwhile, The Travelers Companies Inc (NYSE:) added 1.54% or 2.01 points to end at 132.16 and Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:) was up 1.47% or 0.79 points to 54.64 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Nike Inc (NYSE:), which fell 3.43% or 3.28 points to trade at 92.32 at the close. American Express Company (NYSE:) declined 1.79% or 2.12 points to end at 116.49 and Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ:) was down 1.37% or 0.76 points to 54.56.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Invesco Plc (NYSE:) which rose 7.80% to 17.28, Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:) which was up 7.40% to settle at 106.63 and Rollins Inc (NYSE:) which gained 7.09% to close at 38.53.

The worst performers were Texas Instruments Incorporated (NASDAQ:) which was down 7.48% to 118.95 in late trade, Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc (NYSE:) which lost 5.16% to settle at 788.19 and Analog Devices Inc (NASDAQ:) which was down 4.79% to 105.57 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Tile Shop Hldgs Inc (NASDAQ:) which rose 53.98% to 1.740, The Dixie Group Inc (NASDAQ:) which was up 43.20% to settle at 1.790 and Adamis Pharma (NASDAQ:) which gained 31.82% to close at 0.72.

The worst performers were OpGen Inc (NASDAQ:) which was down 37.97% to 3.660 in late trade, Cool Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:) which lost 23.85% to settle at 0.338 and CHF Solutions Inc (NASDAQ:) which was down 21.83% to 1.110 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 1792 to 1060 and 99 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1375 rose and 1221 declined, while 97 ended unchanged.

Shares in OpGen Inc (NASDAQ:) fell to 3-years lows; down 37.97% or 2.240 to 3.660. Shares in The Dixie Group Inc (NASDAQ:) rose to 52-week highs; rising 43.20% or 0.540 to 1.790. Shares in Cool Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:) fell to 5-year lows; down 23.85% or 0.106 to 0.338. Shares in CHF Solutions Inc (NASDAQ:) fell to all time lows; down 21.83% or 0.310 to 1.110.

The , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 3.11% to 14.01.

Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.50% or 7.50 to $1495.00 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in December rose 2.59% or 1.41 to hit $55.89 a barrel, while the December Brent oil contract rose 0.15% or 0.09 to trade at $61.12 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.03% to 1.1132, while USD/JPY fell 0.01% to 108.67.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.03% at 97.222.

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