U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.48%

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U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.48%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were lower at the close on Friday, as losses in the Telecoms , Healthcare and Technology sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 0.48%, while the S&P 500 index declined 0.52%, and the NASDAQ Composite index declined 0.67%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were General Electric Company (NYSE: GE ), which rose 0.52% or 0.09 points to trade at 17.45 at the close. Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO ) added 0.35% or 0.16 points to end at 45.88 and The Travelers Companies Inc (NYSE: TRV ) was down 0.01% or 0.02 points to 135.64 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL ), which lost 1.08% or 1.85 points to trade at 169.23 in late trade. UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE: UNH ) declined 1.04% or 2.31 points to end at 220.46 and Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE: VZ ) shed 0.94% or 0.50 points to 52.93.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were NRG Energy Inc (NYSE: NRG ) which rose 1.68% to 28.48, Martin Marietta Materials Inc (NYSE: MLM ) which was up 1.65% to settle at 221.04 and National Oilwell Varco Inc (NYSE: NOV ) which gained 1.49% to close at 36.02.

The worst performers were Under Armour Inc A (NYSE: UAA ) which was down 7.02% to 14.43 in late trade, Under Armour Inc C (NYSE: UA ) which lost 5.80% to settle at 13.320 and Range Resources Corporation (NYSE: RRC ) which was down 3.12% to 17.06 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Koss Corporation (NASDAQ: KOSS ) which rose 114.58% to 3.090, Brainstorm Cell Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: BCLI ) which was up 29.37% to settle at 3.9200 and Comstock Holding Companies Inc (NASDAQ: CHCI ) which gained 24.09% to close at 1.700.

The worst performers were Energous Co (NASDAQ: WATT ) which was down 38.39% to 19.45 in late trade, LiNiu Technology Group (NASDAQ: LINU ) which lost 34.62% to settle at 2.040 and Live Ventures Inc (NASDAQ: LIVE ) which was down 19.98% to 15.980 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1812 to 1266 and 137 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1748 fell and 797 advanced, while 115 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 8.45% to 11.04.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.59% or 7.60 to $1304.80 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in February rose 0.45% or 0.27 to hit $60.11 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract rose 0.71% or 0.47 to trade at $66.63 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.47% to 1.1998, while USD/JPY fell 0.19% to 112.68.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.37% at 92.00.

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