U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.46%

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U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.46%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Oil & Gas , Basic Materials and Technology sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 0.46%, while the S&P 500 index fell 0.21%, and the NASDAQ Composite index lost 0.16%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Home Depot Inc (NYSE: HD ), which rose 1.11% or 2.21 points to trade at 201.01 at the close. Merck & Company Inc (NYSE: MRK ) added 1.02% or 0.80 points to end at 79.52 and Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE: VZ ) was up 0.83% or 0.47 points to 56.99 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Dow Inc (NYSE: DOW ), which lost 6.11% or 3.43 points to trade at 52.70 in late trade. Caterpillar Inc (NYSE: CAT ) declined 2.16% or 2.98 points to end at 135.17 and Exxon Mobil Corp (NYSE: XOM ) shed 1.75% or 1.38 points to 77.29.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Advanced Micro Devices Inc (NASDAQ: AMD ) which rose 5.52% to 28.29, AmerisourceBergen (NYSE: ABC ) which was up 5.00% to settle at 77.06 and Vulcan Materials Company (NYSE: VMC ) which gained 4.40% to close at 129.20.

The worst performers were Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR ) which was down 24.09% to 29.72 in late trade, Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp Class A (NASDAQ: CTSH ) which lost 7.72% to settle at 66.61 and Dow Inc (NYSE: DOW ) which was down 6.11% to 52.70 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Diffusion Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: DFFN ) which rose 91.56% to 5.9000, FTD Companies Inc (NASDAQ: FTD ) which was up 46.67% to settle at 0.99 and Digimarc Corporation (NASDAQ: DMRC ) which gained 44.77% to close at 47.92.

The worst performers were VistaGen Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: VTGN ) which was down 46.66% to 0.560 in late trade, Nuvectra Corp (NASDAQ: NVTR ) which lost 34.72% to settle at 6.13 and CRA International Inc (NASDAQ: CRAI ) which was down 21.20% to 41.12 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1617 to 1345 and 118 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1413 rose and 1203 declined, while 89 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 2.57% to 14.42.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was down 0.97% or 12.45 to $1271.75 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in June fell 3.22% or 2.05 to hit $61.55 a barrel, while the July Brent oil contract fell 0.03% or 0.02 to trade at $70.38 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.00% to 1.1177, while USD/JPY rose 0.00% to 111.50.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.18% at 97.588.

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