Investing.com – U.S. equities were mixed at the close on Friday, as gains in the Telecoms , Utilities and Healthcare sectors propelled shares higher while losses in the Oil & Gas , Basic Materials and Technology sectors led shares lower.
The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE: VZ ), which rose 3.64% or 1.81 points to trade at 51.57 at the close. Nike Inc (NYSE: NKE ) added 2.22% or 1.51 points to end at 69.56 and Chevron Corp (NYSE: CVX ) was up 1.93% or 2.40 points to 126.62 in late trade.
Biggest losers included Exxon Mobil Corp (NYSE: XOM ), which lost 3.80% or 3.07 points to trade at 77.79 in late trade. Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL ) declined 1.16% or 1.90 points to end at 162.32 and Caterpillar Inc (NYSE: CAT ) shed 1.09% or 1.59 points to 144.72.
The top performers on the S&P 500 were Ventas Inc (NYSE: VTR ) which rose 8.68% to 51.59, Expedia Inc (NASDAQ: EXPE ) which was up 8.20% to settle at 115.07 and Welltower Inc (NYSE: WELL ) which gained 5.74% to close at 52.88.
The worst performers were Charter Communications Inc (NASDAQ: CHTR ) which was down 11.68% to 263.33 in late trade, Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ: WDC ) which lost 8.00% to settle at 80.88 and DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH ) which was down 5.62% to 34.74 at the close.
The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were FC Global Realty Inc (NASDAQ: FCRE ) which rose 58.67% to 1.1899, Genprex Inc (NASDAQ: GNPX ) which was up 38.27% to settle at 15.2100 and Dmc Global Inc (NASDAQ: BOOM ) which gained 24.33% to close at 39.35.
The worst performers were Haymaker Acquisition Corp Class A (NASDAQ: HYAC ) which was up 0.62% to 9.6800 in late trade, Flex Ltd (NASDAQ: FLEX ) which lost 21.69% to settle at 13.03 and National Instruments Corporation (NASDAQ: NATI ) which was down 20.11% to 39.45 at the close.
Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1761 to 1307 and 121 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1288 rose and 1252 declined, while 133 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.
The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 4.93% to 15.44.
In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was up 0.50% or 6.60 to $1324.50 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in June fell 0.23% or 0.16 to hit $68.03 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract fell 0.40% or 0.30 to trade at $74.44 a barrel.
EUR/USD was up 0.21% to 1.2130, while USD/JPY fell 0.19% to 109.09.
The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.08% at 91.32.
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