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

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U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.09%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were lower at the close on Friday, as losses in the Oil & Gas , Consumer Services and Healthcare sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 0.09%, while the S&P 500 index declined 0.21%, and the NASDAQ Composite index lost 0.18%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE: GS ), which rose 1.28% or 2.47 points to trade at 195.24 at the close. UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE: UNH ) added 0.63% or 1.49 points to end at 237.29 and 3M Company (NYSE: MMM ) was up 0.52% or 1.03 points to 200.89 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Exxon Mobil Corp (NYSE: XOM ), which lost 1.43% or 1.15 points to trade at 79.01 in late trade. Pfizer Inc (NYSE: PFE ) declined 1.21% or 0.50 points to end at 40.89 and Caterpillar Inc (NYSE: CAT ) shed 1.09% or 1.45 points to 131.35.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ: COST ) which rose 5.09% to 227.82, H&R Block Inc (NYSE: HRB ) which was up 3.27% to settle at 24.95 and Seagate Technology PLC (NASDAQ: STX ) which gained 2.28% to close at 46.22.

The worst performers were Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE: CHK ) which was down 8.08% to 2.730 in late trade, Noble Energy Inc (NYSE: NBL ) which lost 5.39% to settle at 21.42 and EOG Resources Inc (NYSE: EOG ) which was down 5.37% to 86.44 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were AquaBounty Technologies Inc (NASDAQ: AQB ) which rose 118.30% to 4.890, Pulmatrix Inc (NASDAQ: PULM ) which was up 39.37% to settle at 1.770 and Alliqua BioMedical Inc (NASDAQ: ALQA ) which gained 35.91% to close at 3.520.

The worst performers were Bio Path Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: BPTH ) which was down 45.96% to 21.000 in late trade, CHF Solutions Inc (NASDAQ: CHFS ) which lost 45.57% to settle at 4.300 and Altimmune Inc (NASDAQ: ALT ) which was down 36.56% to 2.880 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1652 to 1304 and 133 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1399 fell and 1225 advanced, while 96 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 7.65% to 16.05.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was up 0.98% or 12.65 to $1298.75 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in April fell 1.11% or 0.63 to hit $56.03 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract fell 0.92% or 0.61 to trade at $65.69 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.05% to 1.1243, while USD/JPY fell 0.36% to 111.17.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.31% at 97.322.

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