The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were General Electric Company (NYSE: GE ), which rose 2.11% or 0.63 points to trade at 30.44 at the close. Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE: PG ) added 0.94% or 0.78 points to end at 83.35 and Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS ) was up 0.85% or 0.83 points to 98.40 in late trade.
Biggest losers included American Express Company (NYSE: AXP ), which lost 4.08% or 2.60 points to trade at 61.07 in late trade. Home Depot Inc (NYSE: HD ) declined 2.03% or 2.59 points to end at 125.24 and JPMorgan Chase & Co (NYSE: JPM ) shed 1.88% or 1.19 points to 62.08.
The top performers on the S&P 500 were Perrigo Co (NYSE: PRGO ) which rose 9.16% to 108.13, Newfield Exploration Company (NYSE: NFX ) which was up 3.45% to settle at 40.82 and Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ: SYMC ) which gained 3.08% to close at 18.77.
The worst performers were Synchrony Financial (NYSE: SYF ) which was down 13.11% to 26.45 in late trade, Capital One Financial Corporation (NYSE: COF ) which lost 6.62% to settle at 64.43 and Southwest Airlines Company (NYSE: LUV ) which was down 5.41% to 39.88 at the close.
The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Towerstream Corporation (NASDAQ: TWER ) which rose 113.94% to 0.3100, Leading Brands Inc (NASDAQ: LBIX ) which was up 76.92% to settle at 2.530 and EXACT Sciences Corporation (NASDAQ: EXAS ) which gained 33.38% to close at 9.39.
The worst performers were Infinity Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: INFI ) which was down 69.16% to 1.36 in late trade, Trio Merger Corp (NASDAQ: SAEX ) which lost 52.18% to settle at 0.220 and Mesoblast Ltd (NASDAQ: MESO ) which was down 40.59% to 4.2000 at the close.
Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2142 to 1158 and 39 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1497 fell and 1073 advanced, while 55 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.
The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 2.62% to 20.42.
In commodities trading, Gold for August delivery was up 0.15% or 1.95 to $1288.85 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in July fell 0.96% or 0.47 to hit $48.41 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract fell 1.39% or 0.70 to trade at $49.65 a barrel.
EUR/USD was down 0.76% to 1.1206, while USD/JPY fell 0.09% to 106.16.
The US Dollar Index was up 0.66% at 95.04.
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