U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.68%

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U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.68%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were lower at the close on Friday, as losses in the Technology , Consumer Services and Basic Materials sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 0.68%, while the S&P 500 index declined 0.55%, and the NASDAQ Composite index declined 1.16%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE: MCD ), which rose 0.46% or 0.77 points to trade at 166.57 at the close. Pfizer Inc (NYSE: PFE ) added 0.47% or 0.21 points to end at 44.91 and UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE: UNH ) was up 0.33% or 0.88 points to 269.20 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC ), which lost 2.29% or 1.10 points to trade at 47.03 in late trade. Caterpillar Inc (NYSE: CAT ) declined 2.19% or 3.44 points to end at 153.31 and Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL ) shed 1.62% or 3.70 points to 224.29.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were General Electric Company (NYSE: GE ) which rose 4.11% to 13.18, Tyson Foods Inc (NYSE: TSN ) which was up 2.58% to settle at 61.55 and FirstEnergy Corporation (NYSE: FE ) which gained 2.26% to close at 37.98.

The worst performers were IPG Photonics Corporation (NASDAQ: IPGP ) which was down 13.80% to 132.76 in late trade, Newell Brands Inc (NYSE: NWL ) which lost 5.76% to settle at 18.82 and Eastman Chemical Company (NYSE: EMN ) which was down 5.62% to 91.05 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Altimmune Inc (NASDAQ: ALT ) which rose 54.04% to 7.240, GTX Inc (NASDAQ: GTXI ) which was up 35.46% to settle at 1.9100 and Realm Therapeutics PLC ADR (NASDAQ: RLM ) which gained 32.86% to close at 2.79.

The worst performers were Histogenics Corp (NASDAQ: HSGX ) which was down 39.60% to 0.604 in late trade, KemPharm Inc (NASDAQ: KMPH ) which lost 36.36% to settle at 2.66 and Aytu BioScience Inc (NASDAQ: AYTU ) which was down 36.14% to 1.2900 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2093 to 999 and 76 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1779 fell and 845 advanced, while 79 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 5.56% to 15.01 a new 3-month high.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.50% or 6.00 to $1207.60 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in November rose 0.07% or 0.05 to hit $74.38 a barrel, while the December Brent oil contract fell 0.52% or 0.44 to trade at $84.14 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.05% to 1.1521, while USD/JPY fell 0.20% to 113.66.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.13% at 95.31.

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