U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.13%

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U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.13%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Consumer Services , Consumer Goods and Telecoms sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.13%, while the S&P 500 index fell 0.21%, and the NASDAQ Composite index lost 0.11%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Cisco Systems Inc (NASDAQ: CSCO ), which rose 1.03% or 0.32 points to trade at 31.24 at the close. Merck & Company Inc (NYSE: MRK ) added 0.90% or 0.56 points to end at 62.71 and Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX ) was up 0.78% or 0.83 points to 107.44 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE: WMT ), which lost 2.03% or 1.62 points to trade at 78.34 in late trade. United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX ) declined 1.48% or 1.73 points to end at 115.30 and The Travelers Companies Inc (NYSE: TRV ) shed 1.25% or 1.59 points to 125.57.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Signet Jewelers Ltd (NYSE: SIG ) which rose 16.67% to 60.54, PVH Corp (NYSE: PVH ) which was up 5.73% to settle at 126.92 and Dollar Tree Inc (NASDAQ: DLTR ) which gained 5.62% to close at 78.50.

The worst performers were JM Smucker Company (NYSE: SJM ) which was down 9.54% to 107.51 in late trade, Kroger Company (NYSE: KR ) which lost 8.10% to settle at 21.10 and Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL ) which was down 5.39% to 32.09 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Cerecor Inc (NASDAQ: CERC ) which rose 36.07% to 0.830, Caredx Inc (NASDAQ: CDNA ) which was up 33.02% to settle at 2.860 and LiNiu Technology Group (NASDAQ: LINU ) which gained 27.92% to close at 0.256.

The worst performers were Diana Containerships Inc (NASDAQ: DCIX ) which was down 36.57% to 1.1500 in late trade, Immune Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: IMNP ) which lost 34.09% to settle at 1.4500 and Burcon Nutrascience Corp (NASDAQ: BUR ) which was down 14.95% to 0.516 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1551 to 1501 and 184 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1496 rose and 956 declined, while 171 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 0.41% to 12.30.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.24% or 3.15 to $1291.55 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in October fell 1.63% or 0.79 to hit $47.62 a barrel, while the October Brent oil contract fell 0.72% or 0.38 to trade at $52.19 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.05% to 1.1802, while USD/JPY rose 0.48% to 109.55.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.09% at 93.22.

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