U.S. stocks higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.20%

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

At the close in NYSE, the added 0.20% to hit a new all time high, while the index gained 0.22%, and the index added 0.18%.

The best performers of the session on the were Merck & Company Inc (NYSE:), which rose 1.91% or 1.64 points to trade at 87.34 at the close. Meanwhile, Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE:) added 1.45% or 1.75 points to end at 122.26 and Walt Disney Company (NYSE:) was up 1.30% or 1.95 points to 151.64 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ:), which fell 1.72% or 1.04 points to trade at 59.62 at the close. Pfizer Inc (NYSE:) declined 1.01% or 0.39 points to end at 38.29 and Apple Inc (NASDAQ:) was down 0.78% or 2.08 points to 264.29.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE:) which rose 9.86% to 81.57, Under Armour Inc C (NYSE:) which was up 5.11% to settle at 16.470 and Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc (NYSE:) which gained 3.73% to close at 815.84.

The worst performers were Dollar Tree Inc (NASDAQ:) which was down 15.24% to 95.26 in late trade, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co (NYSE:) which lost 8.48% to settle at 15.97 and Cimarex Energy Co (NYSE:) which was down 5.42% to 45.16 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Sundance Energy Australia Ltd ADR (NASDAQ:) which rose 1000.00% to 12.00, ChemoCentryx Inc (NASDAQ:) which was up 281.27% to settle at 30.730 and Cleveland BioLabs Inc (NASDAQ:) which gained 47.19% to close at 0.937.

The worst performers were Motif Bio PLC (NASDAQ:) which was down 36.70% to 0.10 in late trade, Diffusion Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:) which lost 23.85% to settle at 0.3579 and MTS Systems Corporation (NASDAQ:) which was down 22.52% to 46.92 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 1516 to 1308 and 113 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1375 fell and 1278 advanced, while 74 ended unchanged.

Shares in Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE:) rose to 52-week highs; rising 9.86% or 7.32 to 81.57. Shares in Merck & Company Inc (NYSE:) rose to 5-year highs; rising 1.91% or 1.64 to 87.34. Shares in Walt Disney Company (NYSE:) rose to 5-year highs; up 1.30% or 1.95 to 151.64. Shares in Sundance Energy Australia Ltd ADR (NASDAQ:) rose to 52-week highs; gaining 1000.00% or 10.98 to 12.00. Shares in Motif Bio PLC (NASDAQ:) fell to all time lows; down 36.70% or 0.06 to 0.10. Shares in ChemoCentryx Inc (NASDAQ:) rose to all time highs; up 281.27% or 22.670 to 30.730.

The , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 2.78% to 11.54 a new 52-week low.

Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.31% or 4.55 to $1468.35 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in January rose 0.57% or 0.33 to hit $58.34 a barrel, while the February Brent oil contract rose 0.03% or 0.02 to trade at $63.14 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.05% to 1.1023, while USD/JPY fell 0.00% to 109.03.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.06% at 98.178.

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