U.S. shares mixed at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.09%

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U.S. shares mixed at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.09%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were mixed at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Technology , Consumer Services and Financials sectors propelled shares higher while losses in the Telecoms , Oil & Gas and Industrials sectors led shares lower.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 0.09%, while the S&P 500 index added 0.16%, and the NASDAQ Composite index climbed 0.30%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL ), which rose 1.35% or 1.39 points to trade at 104.34 at the close. Home Depot Inc (NYSE: HD ) added 1.21% or 1.65 points to end at 137.96 and The Travelers Companies Inc (NYSE: TRV ) was up 0.94% or 1.09 points to 117.61 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Boeing Company (NYSE: BA ), which lost 2.17% or 2.95 points to trade at 133.01 in late trade. Caterpillar Inc (NYSE: CAT ) declined 1.40% or 1.18 points to end at 82.92 and Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE: VZ ) shed 0.83% or 0.46 points to 54.86.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were XL Group Ltd (NYSE: XL ) which rose 6.55% to 35.12, Varian Medical Systems Inc (NYSE: VAR ) which was up 6.25% to settle at 94.03 and Molson Coors Brewing Company (NYSE: TAP ) which gained 4.96% to close at 97.75.

The worst performers were Whole Foods Market Inc (NASDAQ: WFM ) which was down 8.59% to 30.75 in late trade, Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F ) which lost 8.16% to settle at 12.71 and BorgWarner Inc (NYSE: BWA ) which was down 5.03% to 32.49 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Delta Technology Holding Ltd (NASDAQ: DELT ) which rose 127.36% to 2.4100, Evoke Pharm (NASDAQ: EVOK ) which was up 47.80% to settle at 3.03 and PCM Inc (NASDAQ: PCMI ) which gained 32.38% to close at 15.66.

The worst performers were SAExploration Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: SAEX ) which was down 37.37% to 11.330 in late trade, Infinera Corporation (NASDAQ: INFN ) which lost 33.58% to settle at 8.31 and Novocure Ltd (NASDAQ: NVCR ) which was down 29.28% to 8.09 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1679 to 1584 and 33 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1378 fell and 1187 advanced, while 77 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 0.78% to 12.73.

In commodities trading, Gold for December delivery was up 0.63% or 8.40 to $1342.90 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in September fell 1.93% or 0.81 to hit $41.11 a barrel, while the October Brent oil contract fell 1.62% or 0.71 to trade at $43.20 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.18% to 1.1080, while USD/JPY fell 0.05% to 105.34.

The US Dollar Index was down 0.08% at 96.67.

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