Wednesday, June 20, 2018

© Reuters.  U.S. stocks higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.37%© Reuters. U.S. stocks higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.37%

Investing.com – U.S. stocks were higher after the close on Monday, as gains in the Telecoms, Technology and Financials sectors led shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.37% to hit a new all time high, while the S&P 500 index climbed 0.18%, and the NASDAQ Composite index gained 0.28%.

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.

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