Investing.com – U.S. equities were mixed at the close on Friday, as gains in the Oil & Gas , Utilities and Basic Materials sectors propelled shares higher while losses in the Consumer Services , Consumer Goods and Technology sectors led shares lower.
The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX ), which rose 1.90% or 2.02 points to trade at 108.35 at the close. Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM ) added 1.50% or 1.23 points to end at 83.49 and Caterpillar Inc (NYSE: CAT ) was up 1.13% or 1.20 points to 107.60 in late trade.
Biggest losers included Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE: WMT ), which lost 4.65% or 3.67 points to trade at 75.24 in late trade. Nike Inc (NYSE: NKE ) declined 3.40% or 1.80 points to end at 51.10 and Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL ) shed 1.40% or 2.02 points to 142.27.
The top performers on the S&P 500 were Whole Foods Market Inc (NASDAQ: WFM ) which rose 29.10% to 42.68, Frontier Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: FTR ) which was up 6.11% to settle at 1.39 and Murphy Oil Corporation (NYSE: MUR ) which gained 4.23% to close at 25.36.
The worst performers were Kroger Company (NYSE: KR ) which was down 9.24% to 22.29 in late trade, Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ: COST ) which lost 7.19% to settle at 167.11 and AutoNation Inc (NYSE: AN ) which was down 5.73% to 40.31 at the close.
The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Celsion Corp (NASDAQ: CLSN ) which rose 56.10% to 3.200, Whole Foods Market Inc (NASDAQ: WFM ) which was up 29.10% to settle at 42.68 and Avinger Inc (NASDAQ: AVGR ) which gained 23.93% to close at 0.47.
The worst performers were Interpace Diagnostics Group Inc (NASDAQ: IDXG ) which was down 39.24% to 0.9297 in late trade, iFresh Inc (NASDAQ: IFMK ) which lost 19.00% to settle at 12.15 and Biostar Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: BSPM ) which was down 18.12% to 1.3100 at the close.
Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1830 to 1399 and 24 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1434 fell and 1108 advanced, while 80 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.
The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 4.95% to 10.36.
In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was up 0.19% or 2.35 to $1256.95 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in July rose 0.61% or 0.27 to hit $44.73 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract rose 0.94% or 0.44 to trade at $47.36 a barrel.
EUR/USD was up 0.48% to 1.1200, while USD/JPY fell 0.06% to 110.86.
The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.39% at 97.12.
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