U.S. shares mixed at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.27%

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Investing.com – U.S. equities were mixed at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Oil&Gas, Utilities and Industrials sectors propelled shares higher while losses in the Technology, Consumer Services and Healthcare sectors led shares lower.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.27%, while the S&P 500 index declined 0.38%, and the NASDAQ Composite index lost 1.29%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Caterpillar Inc (NYSE:CAT), which rose 3.91% or 8.87 points to trade at 235.55 at the close. 3M Company (NYSE:MMM) added 2.76% or 2.71 points to end at 101.00 and Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE:GS) was up 2.74% or 8.95 points to 335.75 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Salesforce Inc (NYSE:CRM), which lost 3.35% or 7.12 points to trade at 205.73 in late trade. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) declined 3.09% or 10.30 points to end at 323.38 and Visa Inc Class A (NYSE:V) shed 1.29% or 2.95 points to 225.27.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Warner Bros Discovery Inc (NASDAQ:WBD) which rose 8.43% to 13.12, Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE:WHR) which was up 6.37% to settle at 145.98 and Stanley Black&Decker Inc (NYSE:SWK) which gained 6.07% to close at 86.91.

The worst performers were Campbell Soup Company (NYSE:CPB) which was down 8.91% to 46.08 in late trade, Intuit Inc (NASDAQ:INTU) which lost 5.83% to settle at 422.36 and Advanced Micro Devices Inc (NASDAQ:AMD) which was down 5.15% to 117.83 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were MGO Global Inc (NASDAQ:MGOL) which rose 84.80% to 2.31, Farmer Bros. Co (NASDAQ:FARM) which was up 70.47% to settle at 3.29 and Leafly Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:LFLY) which gained 33.17% to close at 0.40.

The worst performers were Polarityte Inc (NASDAQ:PTE) which was down 34.30% to 0.29 in late trade, Couchbase Inc (NASDAQ:BASE) which lost 28.12% to settle at 15.98 and Recruiter.Com Group Inc (NASDAQ:RCRT) which was down 27.53% to 0.28 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1975 to 1010 and 101 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 2100 rose and 1454 declined, while 151 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index, which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 0.14% to 13.94 a new 3-year low.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was down 1.27% or 25.25 to $1,956.25 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in July rose 1.09% or 0.78 to hit $72.52 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract rose 0.76% or 0.58 to trade at $76.87 a barrel.

EUR/USD was unchanged 0.04% to 1.07, while USD/JPY rose 0.37% to 140.15.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.01% at 104.08.