Investing.com – U.S. stocks were higher after the close on Tuesday, as gains in the Telecoms, Healthcare and Consumer Services sectors led shares higher.
At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 0.44%, while the S&P 500 index gained 0.33%, and the NASDAQ Composite index added 0.01%.
The best performers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE:VZ), which rose 2.50% or 1.48 points to trade at 60.65 at the close. Meanwhile, Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ:WBA) added 2.23% or 1.82 points to end at 83.52 and Home Depot Inc (NYSE:HD) was up 2.00% or 3.40 points to 173.22 in late trade.
The worst performers of the session were United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX), which fell 4.14% or 5.30 points to trade at 122.68 at the close. Nike Inc (NYSE:NKE) declined 0.85% or 0.62 points to end at 72.09 and DowDuPont Inc (NYSE:DWDP) was down 0.83% or 0.48 points to 57.18.
The top performers on the S&P 500 were Pacific Gas&Electric Co (NYSE:PCG) which rose 7.36% to 26.97, Advanced Micro Devices Inc (NASDAQ:AMD) which was up 4.83% to settle at 21.05 and Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:VRTX) which gained 4.81% to close at 175.45.
The worst performers were Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE:CHK) which was down 5.08% to 2.990 in late trade, Aptiv PLC (NYSE:APTV) which lost 4.50% to settle at 71.09 and United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX) which was down 4.14% to 122.68 at the close.
The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Arsanis Inc (NASDAQ:ASNS) which rose 255.17% to 4.12, Wins Finance Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:WINS) which was up 33.82% to settle at 34.79 and Aethlon Medical Inc (NASDAQ:AEMD) which gained 25.64% to close at 1.470.
The worst performers were Ferroglobe PLC (NASDAQ:GSM) which was down 62.26% to 1.80 in late trade, Smaaash Entertainment Inc (NASDAQ:SMSH) which lost 40.11% to settle at 3.30 and Intellipharmaceutics International Inc (NASDAQ:IPCI) which was down 39.70% to 0.340 at the close.
Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 1879 to 1197 and 73 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1758 fell and 876 advanced, while 93 ended unchanged.
Shares in Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE:VZ) rose to 5-year highs; gaining 2.50% or 1.48 to 60.65. Shares in Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ:WBA) rose to 52-week highs; rising 2.23% or 1.82 to 83.52. Shares in Ferroglobe PLC (NASDAQ:GSM) fell to all time lows; losing 62.26% or 2.97 to 1.80. Shares in Smaaash Entertainment Inc (NASDAQ:SMSH) fell to all time lows; down 40.11% or 2.21 to 3.30. Shares in Intellipharmaceutics International Inc (NASDAQ:IPCI) fell to all time lows; down 39.70% or 0.224 to 0.340.
The CBOE Volatility Index, which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 0.63% to 19.02.
Gold Futures for February delivery was down 0.64% or 7.90 to $1220.80 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in January rose 0.50% or 0.26 to hit $51.89 a barrel, while the February Brent oil contract rose 0.35% or 0.21 to trade at $60.77 a barrel.
EUR/USD was down 0.28% to 1.1296, while USD/JPY rose 0.17% to 113.78.
The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.29% at 97.265.