U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.04%

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U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.04%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were lower at the close on Friday, as losses in the Technology , Basic Materials and Financials sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.04%, while the S&P 500 index declined 0.18%, and the NASDAQ Composite index declined 0.36%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE: UNH ), which rose 2.07% or 3.32 points to trade at 163.94 at the close. General Electric Company (NYSE: GE ) added 1.57% or 0.49 points to end at 31.75 and The Travelers Companies Inc (NYSE: TRV ) was up 1.00% or 1.20 points to 121.60 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Caterpillar Inc (NYSE: CAT ), which lost 2.06% or 1.95 points to trade at 92.58 in late trade. Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE: GS ) declined 1.69% or 4.10 points to end at 238.90 and Visa Inc (NYSE: V ) shed 1.45% or 1.15 points to 78.35.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were First Solar Inc (NASDAQ: FSLR ) which rose 7.67% to 35.11, Williams Companies Inc (NYSE: WMB ) which was up 5.80% to settle at 30.81 and Endo International PLC (NASDAQ: ENDP ) which gained 3.75% to close at 16.03.

The worst performers were Nordstrom Inc (NYSE: JWN ) which was down 8.68% to 50.48 in late trade, Kohl’s Corporation (NYSE: KSS ) which lost 7.97% to settle at 51.14 and Macy’s Inc (NYSE: M ) which was down 6.65% to 37.47 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Aptose Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ: APTO ) which rose 45.71% to 1.530, Wins Finance Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: WINS ) which was up 44.44% to settle at 162.64 and Evoke Pharm (NASDAQ: EVOK ) which gained 43.75% to close at 2.07.

The worst performers were RXI Pharmaceuticals Corp (NASDAQ: RXII ) which was down 38.67% to 0.8463 in late trade, xG Technology Inc (NASDAQ: XGTI ) which lost 28.12% to settle at 2.3000 and XBiotech Inc (NASDAQ: XBIT ) which was down 22.21% to 9.98 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1819 to 1406 and 35 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1339 fell and 1196 advanced, while 102 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 4.85% to 12.17.

In commodities trading, Gold for February delivery was up 0.50% or 5.65 to $1135.45 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in January rose 2.14% or 1.09 to hit $51.99 a barrel, while the February Brent oil contract rose 2.37% or 1.28 to trade at $55.30 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.31% to 1.0446, while USD/JPY fell 0.18% to 117.98.

The US Dollar Index was down 0.29% at 102.85.

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