U.S. stocks higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.40%

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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 0.40%, while the index added 0.47%, and the index added 0.87%.

The best performers of the session on the were Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE:), which rose 1.77% or 4.12 points to trade at 237.33 at the close. Meanwhile, Walt Disney Company (NYSE:) added 1.55% or 2.16 points to end at 141.30 and Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:) was up 1.47% or 0.97 points to 67.11 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Walmart Inc (NYSE:), which fell 1.63% or 1.95 points to trade at 117.68 at the close. The Travelers Companies Inc (NYSE:) declined 1.01% or 1.37 points to end at 134.51 and Cisco Systems Inc (NASDAQ:) was down 0.64% or 0.30 points to 46.29.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Concho Resources Inc (NYSE:) which rose 7.58% to 82.45, Garmin Ltd (NASDAQ:) which was up 6.74% to settle at 103.67 and Diamondback Energy Inc (NASDAQ:) which gained 6.34% to close at 79.29.

The worst performers were Extra Space Storage Inc (NYSE:) which was down 6.86% to 107.48 in late trade, Public Storage (NYSE:) which lost 5.59% to settle at 218.80 and Vornado Realty Trust (NYSE:) which was down 5.02% to 64.38 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Cyclerion Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:) which rose 44.55% to 5.84, Enphase Energy Inc (NASDAQ:) which was up 42.44% to settle at 57.22 and Shotspotter Inc (NASDAQ:) which gained 31.95% to close at 37.54.

The worst performers were Groupon Inc (NASDAQ:) which was down 44.26% to 1.70 in late trade, Genprex Inc (NASDAQ:) which lost 20.41% to settle at 3.9000 and Scientific Games Corp (NASDAQ:) which was down 18.02% to 24.09 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 1586 to 1210 and 101 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1564 rose and 1079 declined, while 86 ended unchanged.

Shares in Garmin Ltd (NASDAQ:) rose to 5-year highs; gaining 6.74% or 6.55 to 103.67. Shares in Groupon Inc (NASDAQ:) fell to all time lows; falling 44.26% or 1.35 to 1.70. Shares in Enphase Energy Inc (NASDAQ:) rose to all time highs; up 42.44% or 17.05 to 57.22.

The , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 3.03% to 14.38.

Gold Futures for April delivery was up 0.69% or 11.00 to $1614.60 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in April rose 2.75% or 1.44 to hit $53.73 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract rose 0.05% or 0.03 to trade at $59.34 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.03% to 1.0807, while USD/JPY rose 0.01% to 111.36.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.17% at 99.498.

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