U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.25%

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U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.25%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were lower at the close on Friday, as losses in the Utilities , Healthcare and Telecoms sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.25%, while the S&P 500 index declined 0.62%, and the NASDAQ Composite index lost 0.74%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Boeing Co (NYSE: BA ), which rose 4.48% or 16.18 points to trade at 377.29 at the close. Caterpillar Inc (NYSE: CAT ) added 1.76% or 2.36 points to end at 136.22 and United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX ) was up 0.94% or 1.23 points to 132.53 in late trade.

Biggest losers included American Express Company (NYSE: AXP ), which lost 2.79% or 3.58 points to trade at 124.82 in late trade. The Travelers Companies Inc (NYSE: TRV ) declined 1.64% or 2.50 points to end at 150.21 and UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE: UNH ) shed 1.58% or 4.13 points to 256.47.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were State Street Corp (NYSE: STT ) which rose 6.72% to 60.07, Citizens Financial Group Inc (NYSE: CFG ) which was up 6.34% to settle at 36.81 and Kansas City Southern (NYSE: KSU ) which gained 4.64% to close at 123.46.

The worst performers were Alliance Data Systems Corp (NYSE: ADS ) which was down 4.06% to 151.59 in late trade, Pacific Gas & Electric Co (NYSE: PCG ) which lost 3.60% to settle at 17.80 and Gilead Sciences Inc (NASDAQ: GILD ) which was down 3.23% to 65.04 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Midatech Pharma PLC ADR (NASDAQ: MTP ) which rose 43.08% to 1.860, Akari Therapeutics PLC (NASDAQ: AKTX ) which was up 17.80% to settle at 2.250 and Diversicare Healthcare Services Inc (NASDAQ: DVCR ) which gained 17.30% to close at 3.69.

The worst performers were ARC Group Worldwide Inc (NASDAQ: ARCW ) which was down 32.43% to 0.250 in late trade, Neuralstem Inc (NASDAQ: CUR ) which lost 30.59% to settle at 5.9000 and MYnd Analytics Inc (NASDAQ: EMMA ) which was down 28.57% to 7.00 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1742 to 1262 and 27 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1584 fell and 1034 advanced, while 116 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 6.80% to 14.45.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was down 0.13% or 1.80 to $1426.30 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in August rose 0.81% or 0.45 to hit $55.75 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract rose 1.47% or 0.91 to trade at $62.84 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.47% to 1.1222, while USD/JPY rose 0.39% to 107.70.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.38% at 96.817.

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