The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM ), which rose 1.36% or 1.09 points to trade at 81.21 at the close. Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX ) added 0.95% or 0.98 points to end at 104.17 and UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE: UNH ) was up 0.81% or 1.45 points to 180.82 in late trade.
Biggest losers included Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE: WMT ), which lost 1.66% or 1.33 points to trade at 78.93 in late trade. Boeing Co (NYSE: BA ) declined 1.16% or 2.20 points to end at 186.75 and The Travelers Companies Inc (NYSE: TRV ) shed 1.08% or 1.35 points to 124.03.
The top performers on the S&P 500 were Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE: SWN ) which rose 5.56% to 6.08, Newmont Mining Corporation (NYSE: NEM ) which was up 4.76% to settle at 35.40 and Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold Inc (NYSE: FCX ) which gained 3.77% to close at 11.85.
The worst performers were Macy’s Inc (NYSE: M ) which was down 8.21% to 21.90 in late trade, Kohl’s Corporation (NYSE: KSS ) which lost 5.78% to settle at 35.73 and Fastenal Company (NASDAQ: FAST ) which was down 5.71% to 42.10 at the close.
The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Wins Finance Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: WINS ) which rose 107.16% to 81.00, One Horizon Group Inc (NASDAQ: OHGI ) which was up 69.12% to settle at 1.1500 and LiNiu Technology Group (NASDAQ: LINU ) which gained 39.98% to close at 0.480.
The worst performers were ESSA Pharma Inc (NASDAQ: EPIX ) which was down 36.31% to 1.000 in late trade, Crossroads Systems Inc (NASDAQ: CRDS ) which lost 28.34% to settle at 2.2500 and CTi Biopharma Corp (NASDAQ: CTIC ) which was down 20.15% to 3.250 at the close.
Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1741 to 1500 and 26 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1555 fell and 957 advanced, while 122 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.
The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 4.37% to 10.51.
In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was up 1.05% or 13.53 to $1296.23 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in July rose 2.07% or 0.98 to hit $48.38 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract rose 1.64% or 0.81 to trade at $50.28 a barrel.
EUR/USD was up 0.16% to 1.1273, while USD/JPY fell 0.92% to 109.45.
The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.25% at 96.53.
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