U.S. shares mixed at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.08%

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U.S. shares mixed at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.08%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were mixed at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Telecoms , Oil & Gas and Utilities sectors propelled shares higher while losses in the Financials , Consumer Goods and Healthcare sectors led shares lower.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.08%, while the S&P 500 index declined 0.04%, and the NASDAQ Composite index climbed 0.10%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Caterpillar Inc (NYSE: CAT ), which rose 2.19% or 1.61 points to trade at 75.29 at the close. International Business Machines (NYSE: IBM ) added 1.75% or 2.55 points to end at 147.95 and Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX ) was up 1.35% or 1.26 points to 94.85 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Nike Inc (NYSE: NKE ), which lost 1.27% or 0.79 points to trade at 61.65 in late trade. UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE: UNH ) declined 0.92% or 1.20 points to end at 128.59 and JPMorgan Chase & Co (NYSE: JPM ) shed 0.77% or 0.46 points to 59.48.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were PVH Corp (NYSE: PVH ) which rose 7.60% to 94.29, Staples Inc (NASDAQ: SPLS ) which was up 7.01% to settle at 10.76 and Accenture plc (NYSE: ACN ) which gained 6.26% to close at 114.30.

The worst performers were Williams Companies Inc (NYSE: WMB ) which was down 5.60% to 15.35 in late trade, Seagate Technology PLC (NASDAQ: STX ) which lost 4.51% to settle at 33.23 and PayPal Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: PYPL ) which was down 3.95% to 38.92 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Lombard Medical Inc (NASDAQ: EVAR ) which rose 35.37% to 1.1100, Alexza Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: ALXA ) which was up 31.96% to settle at 0.7390 and Code Rebel Corp (NASDAQ: CDRB ) which gained 24.71% to close at 3.28.

The worst performers were DS Healthcare Group Inc (NASDAQ: DSKX ) which was down 35.34% to 0.860 in late trade, Great Basin Scientific Inc (NASDAQ: GBSN ) which lost 30.00% to settle at 0.1960 and Portola Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: PTLA ) which was down 29.28% to 20.24 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1665 to 1654 and 35 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1438 rose and 1114 declined, while 74 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 1.14% to 14.77.

In commodities trading, Gold for April delivery was down 0.55% or 6.70 to $1217.30 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in May fell 0.63% or 0.25 to hit $39.54 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract fell 0.07% or 0.03 to trade at $40.44 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.03% to 1.1178, while USD/JPY rose 0.42% to 112.85.

The US Dollar Index was up 0.09% at 96.15.

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