U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.24%

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U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.24%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were lower at the close on Friday, as losses in the Consumer Goods , Oil & Gas and Technology sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 0.24% to hit a new 3-month low, while the S&P 500 index lost 0.17%, and the NASDAQ Composite index declined 0.24%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Caterpillar Inc (NYSE: CAT ), which rose 1.28% or 1.04 points to trade at 82.31 at the close. Merck & Company Inc (NYSE: MRK ) added 0.68% or 0.40 points to end at 58.83 and Home Depot Inc (NYSE: HD ) was up 0.62% or 0.74 points to 120.92 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE: PG ), which lost 1.74% or 1.51 points to trade at 85.09 in late trade. The Travelers Companies Inc (NYSE: TRV ) declined 1.00% or 1.06 points to end at 104.66 and Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS ) shed 0.95% or 0.89 points to 92.48.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were NRG Energy Inc (NYSE: NRG ) which rose 8.88% to 11.03, Mohawk Industries Inc (NYSE: MHK ) which was up 7.85% to settle at 190.87 and Motorola Solutions Inc (NYSE: MSI ) which gained 6.51% to close at 75.93.

The worst performers were Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR ) which was down 13.50% to 44.80 in late trade, Qorvo Inc (NASDAQ: QRVO ) which lost 9.98% to settle at 51.08 and Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ: SYMC ) which was down 7.70% to 23.49 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were ConforMIS Inc (NASDAQ: CFMS ) which rose 33.87% to 9.09, Aptose Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ: APTO ) which was up 24.44% to settle at 1.050 and Cara Therapeutic (NASDAQ: CARA ) which gained 23.43% to close at 7.27.

The worst performers were MDC Partners Inc (NASDAQ: MDCA ) which was down 59.52% to 3.40 in late trade, Invuity Inc (NASDAQ: IVTY ) which lost 44.86% to settle at 5.10 and Autobytel Inc (NASDAQ: ABTL ) which was down 31.26% to 11.040 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1597 to 1512 and 121 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1289 rose and 1124 declined, while 207 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 1.72% to 22.46 a new 3-month high.

In commodities trading, Gold for December delivery was up 0.15% or 1.95 to $1305.25 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in December fell 1.16% or 0.52 to hit $44.14 a barrel, while the January Brent oil contract fell 1.66% or 0.77 to trade at $45.58 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.23% to 1.1131, while USD/JPY rose 0.06% to 103.04.

The US Dollar Index was down 0.20% at 97.00.

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