U.S. shares mixed at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.07%

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U.S. shares mixed at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.07%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were mixed at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Technology , Financials and Consumer Services sectors propelled shares higher while losses in the Utilities , Healthcare and Oil & Gas sectors led shares lower.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.07%, while the S&P 500 index lost 0.16%, and the NASDAQ Composite index gained 0.01%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were International Business Machines (NYSE: IBM ), which rose 0.81% or 1.43 points to trade at 177.24 at the close. American Express Company (NYSE: AXP ) added 0.68% or 0.54 points to end at 79.77 and Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE: GS ) was up 0.58% or 1.44 points to 248.22 in late trade.

Biggest losers included E I du Pont de Nemours & Co (NYSE: DD ), which lost 1.08% or 0.88 points to trade at 80.61 in late trade. Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX ) declined 0.94% or 1.02 points to end at 107.86 and Merck & Company Inc (NYSE: MRK ) shed 0.80% or 0.52 points to 64.18.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Oracle Corporation (NYSE: ORCL ) which rose 6.23% to 45.73, Frontier Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: FTR ) which was up 4.15% to settle at 2.51 and NRG Energy Inc (NYSE: NRG ) which gained 2.46% to close at 17.89.

The worst performers were Biogen Inc (NASDAQ: BIIB ) which was down 4.67% to 278.96 in late trade, Illumina Inc (NASDAQ: ILMN ) which lost 3.91% to settle at 159.46 and Newmont Mining Corporation (NYSE: NEM ) which was down 3.78% to 32.81 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were TOP SHIPS Inc (NASDAQ: TOPS ) which rose 109.52% to 2.2000, Globus Maritime Ltd (NASDAQ: GLBS ) which was up 56.02% to settle at 6.7400 and Innocoll AG (NASDAQ: INNL ) which gained 37.12% to close at 1.8775.

The worst performers were TrovaGene Inc (NASDAQ: TROV ) which was down 25.71% to 1.300 in late trade, Arotech Corporation (NASDAQ: ARTX ) which lost 25.61% to settle at 3.050 and Caredx Inc (NASDAQ: CDNA ) which was down 25.58% to 1.600 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1758 to 1477 and 33 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1496 rose and 1026 declined, while 82 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 3.61% to 11.21.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was up 2.14% or 25.65 to $1226.35 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in April fell 0.10% or 0.05 to hit $48.81 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract fell 0.10% or 0.05 to trade at $51.76 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.33% to 1.0767, while USD/JPY fell 0.11% to 113.26.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.28% at 100.08.

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