U.S. stocks higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.25%

16/05/2018 20:25:00 Stock Market

U.S. stocks were higher after the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Basic Materials, Consumer Goods and Consumer Services sectors led shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.25%, while the S&P 500 index climbed 0.41%, and the NASDAQ Composite index gained 0.63%.

The best performers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Nike Inc (NYSE:NKE), which rose 2.65% or 1.84 points to trade at 71.34 at the close. Meanwhile, General Electric Company (NYSE:GE) added 2.18% or 0.32 points to end at 15.03 and Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) was up 2.06% or 2.12 points to 105.04 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were 3M Company (NYSE:MMM), which fell 1.09% or 2.20 points to trade at 200.21 at the close. Home Depot Inc (NYSE:HD) declined 0.85% or 1.60 points to end at 186.38 and Cisco Systems Inc (NASDAQ:CSCO) was down 0.70% or 0.32 points to 45.16.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Macy’s Inc (NYSE:M) which rose 10.83% to 33.17, Under Armour Inc A (NYSE:UAA) which was up 8.69% to settle at 20.52 and Under Armour Inc C (NYSE:UA) which gained 6.89% to close at 18.310.

The worst performers were IDEXX Laboratories Inc (NASDAQ:IDXX) which was down 4.55% to 199.42 in late trade, CF Industries Holdings Inc (NYSE:CF) which lost 2.85% to settle at 40.55 and Akamai Technologies Inc (NASDAQ:AKAM) which was down 2.23% to 74.59 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Blink Charging Co (NASDAQ:BLNK) which rose 31.68% to 7.1900, VIVUS Inc (NASDAQ:VVUS) which was up 26.68% to settle at 0.660 and Eleven Biotherapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:EBIO) which gained 24.15% to close at 3.2900.

The worst performers were aTyr Pharma Inc (NASDAQ:LIFE) which was down 37.04% to 0.850 in late trade, Cesca Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:KOOL) which lost 33.97% to settle at 0.5250 and Global Partner Acquisition Corp (NASDAQ:PRPL) which was down 31.97% to 6.83 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 1989 to 1084 and 113 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1641 rose and 892 declined, while 135 ended unchanged.

Shares in Nike Inc (NYSE:NKE) rose to all time highs; up 2.65% or 1.84 to 71.34. Shares in aTyr Pharma Inc (NASDAQ:LIFE) fell to all time lows; falling 37.04% or 0.500 to 0.850. Shares in Cesca Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:KOOL) fell to all time lows; down 33.97% or 0.2701 to 0.5250. Shares in Global Partner Acquisition Corp (NASDAQ:PRPL) fell to all time lows; falling 31.97% or 3.21 to 6.83.

The CBOE Volatility Index, which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 7.93% to 13.47.

Gold Futures for June delivery was unchanged 0.00% or 0.00 to $1290.30 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in June rose 0.35% or 0.25 to hit $71.56 a barrel, while the July Brent oil contract rose 1.07% or 0.84 to trade at $79.27 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.26% to 1.1808, while USD/JPY rose 0.02% to 110.34.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.13% at 93.26.