The best performers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were JPMorgan Chase & Co (NYSE:JPM), which rose 2.07% or 1.98 points to trade at 97.84 at the close. Meanwhile, Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) added 1.84% or 2.89 points to end at 159.88 and The Travelers Companies Inc (NYSE:TRV) was up 1.70% or 2.15 points to 128.82 in late trade.
The worst performers of the session were Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE:WMT), which fell 1.02% or 0.88 points to trade at 85.74 at the close. Pfizer Inc (NYSE:PFE) declined 1.00% or 0.36 points to end at 35.98 and American Express Company (NYSE:AXP) was down 0.97% or 0.90 points to 91.96.
The top performers on the S&P 500 were DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc (NYSE:DVA) which rose 4.02% to 56.93, Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold Inc (NYSE:FCX) which was up 3.49% to settle at 15.27 and Wynn Resorts Limited (NASDAQ:WYNN) which gained 3.15% to close at 146.81.
The worst performers were Pacific Gas & Electric Co (NYSE:PCG) which was down 7.43% to 53.43 in late trade, Nordstrom Inc (NYSE:JWN) which lost 5.28% to settle at 40.40 and Kroger Company (NYSE:KR) which was down 4.04% to 20.44 at the close.
The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Recon Technology Ltd (NASDAQ:RCON) which rose 106.80% to 2.130, Leading Brands Inc (NASDAQ:LBIX) which was up 24.23% to settle at 2.820 and Chinanet Online Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:CNET) which gained 19.64% to close at 1.3400.
The worst performers were Meridian Waste Solutions Inc (NASDAQ:MRDN) which was down 25.12% to 0.91 in late trade, Natural Health Trend (NASDAQ:NHTC) which lost 20.34% to settle at 19.8600 and root9B Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:RTNB) which was down 18.60% to 0.7326 at the close.
Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 1582 to 1487 and 141 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1293 fell and 1202 advanced, while 138 ended unchanged.
Shares in Pacific Gas & Electric Co (NYSE:PCG) fell to 52-week lows; falling 7.43% or 4.29 to 53.43. Shares in Nordstrom Inc (NYSE:JWN) fell to 52-week lows; losing 5.28% or 2.25 to 40.40. Shares in JPMorgan Chase & Co (NYSE:JPM) rose to all time highs; gaining 2.07% or 1.98 to 97.84. Shares in Recon Technology Ltd (NASDAQ:RCON) rose to 52-week highs; up 106.80% or 1.100 to 2.130. Shares in Leading Brands Inc (NASDAQ:LBIX) rose to 52-week highs; up 24.23% or 0.550 to 2.820.
The CBOE Volatility Index, which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 3.43% to 9.94.
Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.59% or 7.69 to $1296.91 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in November rose 0.84% or 0.43 to hit $51.88 a barrel, while the December Brent oil contract rose 1.19% or 0.68 to trade at $57.85 a barrel.
EUR/USD was down 0.23% to 1.1795, while USD/JPY rose 0.31% to 112.16.
The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.24% at 93.14.