U.S. shares mixed at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.06%

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U.S. shares mixed at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.06%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were mixed at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Telecoms , Utilities and Consumer Goods sectors propelled shares higher while losses in the Basic Materials , Financials and Industrials sectors led shares lower.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 0.06%, while the S&P 500 index climbed 0.86%, and the NASDAQ Composite index added 1.37%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Pfizer Inc (NYSE: PFE ), which rose 2.98% or 1.23 points to trade at 42.45 at the close. Caterpillar Inc (NYSE: CAT ) added 2.34% or 3.05 points to end at 133.16 and Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE: PG ) was up 2.06% or 1.95 points to 96.47 in late trade.

Biggest losers included DowDuPont Inc (NYSE: DWDP ), which lost 9.23% or 5.47 points to trade at 53.81 in late trade. Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE: GS ) declined 2.21% or 4.47 points to end at 198.01 and Visa Inc (NYSE: V ) shed 1.88% or 2.59 points to 135.01.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Charter Communications Inc (NASDAQ: CHTR ) which rose 14.19% to 331.05, General Electric Company (NYSE: GE ) which was up 11.65% to settle at 10.16 and Facebook Inc (NASDAQ: FB ) which gained 10.82% to close at 166.69.

The worst performers were DowDuPont Inc (NYSE: DWDP ) which was down 9.23% to 53.81 in late trade, H&R Block Inc (NYSE: HRB ) which lost 7.56% to settle at 23.59 and Range Resources Corporation (NYSE: RRC ) which was down 6.21% to 11.03 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were TMSR Holding Company Ltd (NASDAQ: TMSR ) which rose 96.83% to 2.48, Phunware Inc (NASDAQ: PHUN ) which was up 65.44% to settle at 297.80 and Histogenics Corp (NASDAQ: HSGX ) which gained 50.72% to close at 0.208.

The worst performers were AVEO Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: AVEO ) which was down 60.49% to 0.6994 in late trade, Co-Diagnostics Inc (NASDAQ: CODX ) which lost 39.29% to settle at 1.36 and Net 1 UEPS Technologies Inc (NASDAQ: UEPS ) which was down 38.44% to 2.85 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2101 to 966 and 73 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1641 rose and 993 declined, while 85 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 6.17% to 16.57 a new 1-month low.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was up 0.76% or 9.95 to $1325.45 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in March fell 0.42% or 0.23 to hit $54.00 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract fell 0.70% or 0.43 to trade at $61.11 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.27% to 1.1446, while USD/JPY fell 0.09% to 108.92.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.27% at 95.292.

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