Stocks in the United States closed higher at the end of trading on Wednesday, as indices were accompanied to the upside, and gains were recorded in the sectors of consumer goods, technology and health services.
At the close of trading in New York, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose by 0.74%, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index climbed by 1.02% and the Nasdaq rose by 1.18%.
The biggest gainers of the day on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Caterpillar Inc (NYSE:CAT), which rose 1.94% or 3.84 points to trade at 202.15 at the close. On the other hand, Microsoft Group (NASDAQ:MSFT) share increased by 1.81% or 5.91 points to end at 333.20, while Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) share increased 1.53% or 2.65 points to 175.64 in late trade.
As for the weakest performers at the end of today’s trading, Nike Inc (NYSE:NKE) stock closed down at 0.71% or 1.19 points and traded at 165.44 at the close. Cos Travelers Inc (NYSE:TRV) fell 0.53% or 0.83 points to 154.69, and 3M Group (NYSE:MMM) share fell 0.16% or 0.28 points to 172.64.
On the other hand, the best performer in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index was Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA), which rose by 7.49% to 1008.87, and ByeChecks Corporation (NASDAQ:PAYX) also continued its rise at 5.52% and closed at 133.41, and CF Industries Holdings (NYSE:CF) stock rose about 4.58% and ended its trading at 71.73.
Among the worst performers today were Carmax Inc (NYSE:KMX), which lost 6.66% to 127.87, Moderna Biotechnology (NASDAQ:MRNA), which lost 6.26% to 251.36 and Syntas Corp (. (NASDAQ:CTAS), which weakened by 1.81% and closed at 428.89 today’s session on the stock exchange.
On the other hand, the best performer in the Nasdaq index was recorded by BiondVax Pharmaceuticals Ltd ADR (NASDAQ:BVXV), which rose by 97.30% to reach the price of 2.920, Society Pass Inc (NASDAQ:SOPA) also continued to rise at 53.43% and closed at 16.31 levels, as well as the stock Acasti Pharma (NASDAQ:ACST) It rose about 52.25% and ended its trading at 1.6900.
Among the weakest performing stocks today, we mention the company’s stock Allakos Inc (NASDAQ:ALLK), which fell 89.87% to end at 8.55, AgileThought Inc (NASDAQ:AGIL), which lost 30.40% to 6.410 and CalAmp Corp. (NASDAQ:CAMP), which weakened by 25.78% and closed at 7.34 today’s session on the stock exchange.
The number of shares that gained the most exceeded the number of shares that closed lower in trading on the New York Stock Exchange with 2382 compared to 861, while 138 remained unchanged. As for the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 2294 of the shares strengthened its position and 1524 declined, while 220 of the shares maintained their value.
Shares of Baytech (NASDAQ:PAYX) climbed to an all-time high, rising 5.52%, or 6.98 points, at 133.41. The stock of CF Industries Holdings (NYSE:CF) climbed to an all-time high, adding 4.58% or 3.14 points to a price of 71.73. Shares of Allakos Inc (NASDAQ:ALLK) fell to an all-time low, falling 89.87% or 75.84 to 8.55. Shares of AgileThought Inc (NASDAQ:AGIL) fell to all-time lows; it continued to decline by 30.40% or 2,800 points, to trade at 6.410. Shares of CalAmp Corp (NASDAQ:CAMP) fell to a 52-week low, falling 25.78%, or 2.55 points, to trade at 7.34.
500 volatility index, which measures the implied standard deviation of options on the S&P 500 index traded down 11.33% and closed at 18.63.
Gold futures contracts for February delivery rose 0.89% or 15.95 and closed at $1804.65 an ounce. As for other commodities, WTI crude oil futures for February delivery rose 2.64% or 1.88 and reached the price of $73.00 a barrel, while the contract for the month of March, with regard to Brent oil, recorded a decrease of 0.03% or 0.02 points, and closed at $75.58 a barrel.
The EUR/USD pair maintained stability by 0.00% and traded at 1.1324 levels, while the USD/JPY continued its decline towards 0.01% and reached 114.10 levels.
The dollar index contracts were trading down by 0.42% at the level of 96.085.
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