Investing.com – U.S. stocks were higher after the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Technology, Consumer Services and Consumer Goods sectors led shares higher.
At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.02%, while the S&P 500 index climbed 1.05%, and the NASDAQ Composite index added 2.00%.
The best performers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC), which rose 2.87% or 0.81 points to trade at 29.07 at the close. Meanwhile, Salesforce Inc (NYSE:CRM) added 2.33% or 3.92 points to end at 171.89 and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) was up 1.99% or 4.94 points to 252.75 in late trade.
The worst performers of the session were The Travelers Companies Inc (NYSE:TRV), which fell 3.10% or 5.93 points to trade at 185.19 at the close. Amgen Inc (NASDAQ:AMGN) declined 2.37% or 5.99 points to end at 246.41 and Chevron Corp (NYSE:CVX) was down 1.53% or 2.66 points to 171.36.
The top performers on the S&P 500 were Advanced Micro Devices Inc (NASDAQ:AMD) which rose 12.63% to 84.64, Old Dominion Freight Line Inc (NASDAQ:ODFL) which was up 10.32% to settle at 367.62 and Stryker Corporation (NYSE:SYK) which gained 9.91% to close at 278.97.
The worst performers were WestRock Co (NYSE:WRK) which was down 12.72% to 34.25 in late trade, Electronic Arts Inc (NASDAQ:EA) which lost 9.26% to settle at 116.76 and Chubb Ltd (NYSE:CB) which was down 6.11% to 213.59 at the close.
The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Versus Systems Inc (NASDAQ:VS) which rose 172.09% to 1.66, Bright Green Corp (NASDAQ:BGXX) which was up 171.77% to settle at 1.42 and Golden Sun Education Group Ltd (NASDAQ:GSUN) which gained 125.66% to close at 3.43.
The worst performers were Cyren Ltd (NASDAQ:CYRN) which was down 37.84% to 0.46 in late trade, Taysha Gene Therapies Inc (NASDAQ:TSHA) which lost 26.22% to settle at 1.21 and Evelo Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ:EVLO) which was down 25.11% to 0.78 at the close.
Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 2185 to 860 and 93 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 2471 rose and 1195 declined, while 173 ended unchanged.
Shares in Old Dominion Freight Line Inc (NASDAQ:ODFL) rose to all time highs; up 10.32% or 34.38 to 367.62. Shares in Stryker Corporation (NYSE:SYK) rose to 52-week highs; gaining 9.91% or 25.16 to 278.97. Shares in Cyren Ltd (NASDAQ:CYRN) fell to all time lows; falling 37.84% or 0.28 to 0.46. Shares in Taysha Gene Therapies Inc (NASDAQ:TSHA) fell to all time lows; down 26.22% or 0.43 to 1.21. Shares in Evelo Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ:EVLO) fell to all time lows; down 25.11% or 0.26 to 0.78.
The CBOE Volatility Index, which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 7.84% to 17.88 a new 52-week low.
Gold Futures for April delivery was up 1.12% or 21.80 to $1,967.10 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in March fell 2.57% or 2.03 to hit $76.84 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract fell 2.68% or 2.29 to trade at $83.17 a barrel.
EUR/USD was up 1.12% to 1.10, while USD/JPY fell 0.84% to 128.99.
The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.91% at 100.99.