U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.27%

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U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.27%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Basic Materials , Oil & Gas and Technology sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 0.27%, while the S&P 500 index lost 0.28%, and the NASDAQ Composite index lost 0.29%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Boeing Co (NYSE: BA ), which rose 1.04% or 4.52 points to trade at 439.96 at the close. Pfizer Inc (NYSE: PFE ) added 0.98% or 0.42 points to end at 43.35 and McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE: MCD ) was up 0.90% or 1.64 points to 183.84 in late trade.

Biggest losers included UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE: UNH ), which lost 3.14% or 7.86 points to trade at 242.22 in late trade. DowDuPont Inc (NYSE: DWDP ) declined 2.72% or 1.49 points to end at 53.23 and Caterpillar Inc (NYSE: CAT ) shed 1.60% or 2.24 points to 137.34.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Monster Beverage Corp (NASDAQ: MNST ) which rose 8.67% to 63.83, Universal Health Services Inc (NYSE: UHS ) which was up 4.26% to settle at 138.83 and Southwest Airlines Company (NYSE: LUV ) which gained 4.07% to close at 56.04.

The worst performers were HP Inc (NYSE: HPQ ) which was down 17.27% to 19.73 in late trade, Booking Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: BKNG ) which lost 10.96% to settle at 1697.04 and Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ: CELG ) which was down 8.65% to 83.12 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were PHI Inc (NASDAQ: PHIIK ) which rose 67.20% to 3.11, Arcadia Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ: RKDA ) which was up 49.07% to settle at 8.050 and Sequential (NASDAQ: SQBG ) which gained 40.00% to close at 1.68.

The worst performers were Novavax Inc (NASDAQ: NVAX ) which was down 66.90% to 0.705 in late trade, Midatech Pharma PLC (NASDAQ: MTP ) which lost 30.38% to settle at 0.550 and TDH Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: PETZ ) which was down 28.33% to 0.50 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1661 to 1317 and 125 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1508 fell and 1125 advanced, while 95 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 0.87% to 14.78.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was down 0.50% or 6.55 to $1314.65 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in April rose 0.58% or 0.33 to hit $57.27 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract unchanged 0.00% or 0.00 to trade at $66.41 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.02% to 1.1372, while USD/JPY rose 0.01% to 111.39.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.09% at 96.120.

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