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 0.57% to hit a new all time high, while the index climbed 0.73%, and the index climbed 1.10%.
The best performers of the session on the were E I du Pont de Nemours & Co (NYSE:), which rose 2.75% or 2.27 points to trade at 84.84 at the close. Meanwhile, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:) added 1.66% or 1.16 points to end at 71.15 and Home Depot Inc (NYSE:) was up 1.32% or 1.99 points to 152.59 in late trade.
The worst performers of the session were JPMorgan Chase & Co (NYSE:), which fell 0.34% or 0.32 points to trade at 92.51 at the close. Nike Inc (NYSE:) added 0.07% or 0.04 points to end at 58.22 and Boeing Co (NYSE:) was up 0.08% or 0.17 points to 206.44.
The top performers on the S&P 500 were NRG Energy Inc (NYSE:) which rose 29.39% to 21.09, Activision Blizzard Inc (NASDAQ:) which was up 5.24% to settle at 61.02 and First Solar Inc (NASDAQ:) which gained 4.97% to close at 41.79.
The worst performers were WW Grainger Inc (NYSE:) which was down 4.37% to 168.81 in late trade, Deere & Company (NYSE:) which lost 3.58% to settle at 123.48 and CenturyLink Inc (NYSE:) which was down 3.23% to 22.50 at the close.
The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Cherokee Inc (NASDAQ:) which rose 24.10% to 5.15, Spi Energy Co Ltd (NASDAQ:) which was up 21.05% to settle at 0.61 and China Bak Battery Inc (NASDAQ:) which gained 14.81% to close at 1.550.
The worst performers were Delta Technology Holding Ltd (NASDAQ:) which was down 17.80% to 1.3399 in late trade, Alder Bioph (NASDAQ:) which lost 17.01% to settle at 10.12 and Synthesis Energy Systems Inc (NASDAQ:) which was down 14.90% to 0.4170 at the close.
Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 2385 to 744 and 112 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1745 rose and 708 declined, while 165 ended unchanged.
Shares in NRG Energy Inc (NYSE:) rose to 52-week highs; rising 29.39% or 4.79 to 21.09. Shares in E I du Pont de Nemours & Co (NYSE:) rose to all time highs; rising 2.75% or 2.27 to 84.84. Shares in Boeing Co (NYSE:) rose to all time highs; rising 0.08% or 0.17 to 206.44. Shares in Alder Bioph (NASDAQ:) fell to 3-years lows; losing 17.01% or 2.08 to 10.12. Shares in Synthesis Energy Systems Inc (NASDAQ:) fell to all time lows; down 14.90% or 0.0730 to 0.4170.
The , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 5.51% to 10.29.
Gold Futures for August delivery was up 0.40% or 4.81 to $1219.51 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in August rose 0.73% or 0.33 to hit $45.37 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract rose 0.21% or 0.10 to trade at $47.62 a barrel.
EUR/USD was down 0.44% to 1.1416, while USD/JPY fell 0.67% to 113.18.
The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.03% at 95.52.
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