U.S. shares mixed at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.51%

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U.S. shares mixed at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.51%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were mixed at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Healthcare , Technology and Utilities sectors propelled shares higher while losses in the Telecoms , Industrials and Basic Materials sectors led shares lower.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 0.51%, while the S&P 500 index fell 0.04%, and the NASDAQ Composite index climbed 0.21%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT ), which rose 3.31% or 4.14 points to trade at 129.15 at the close. Merck & Company Inc (NYSE: MRK ) added 2.15% or 1.61 points to end at 76.34 and Boeing Co (NYSE: BA ) was up 1.95% or 7.34 points to 382.80 in late trade.

Biggest losers included 3M Company (NYSE: MMM ), which lost 12.95% or 28.36 points to trade at 190.72 in late trade. Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE: VZ ) declined 2.15% or 1.23 points to end at 55.85 and Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC ) shed 1.89% or 1.11 points to 57.61.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Cincinnati Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: CINF ) which rose 6.71% to 93.57, Facebook Inc (NASDAQ: FB ) which was up 5.85% to settle at 193.26 and Lam Research Corp (NASDAQ: LRCX ) which gained 4.93% to close at 205.08.

The worst performers were Xilinx Inc (NASDAQ: XLNX ) which was down 17.08% to 115.86 in late trade, 3M Company (NYSE: MMM ) which lost 12.95% to settle at 190.72 and Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold Inc (NYSE: FCX ) which was down 10.09% to 12.21 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Tiziana Life Sciences PLC ADR (NASDAQ: TLSA ) which rose 41.46% to 9.53, Travelzoo Inc (NASDAQ: TZOO ) which was up 20.29% to settle at 17.43 and Scpharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: SCPH ) which gained 18.03% to close at 3.60.

The worst performers were Avalon Globocare Corp (NASDAQ: AVCO ) which was down 44.60% to 2.820 in late trade, ContraVir Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: CTRV ) which lost 43.35% to settle at 0.1150 and Consolidated Communications (NASDAQ: CNSL ) which was down 34.20% to 5.85 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1896 to 1056 and 125 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1525 fell and 1084 advanced, while 107 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 0.84% to 13.25.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was down 0.03% or 0.35 to $1279.05 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in June fell 1.20% or 0.79 to hit $65.10 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract fell 0.04% or 0.03 to trade at $74.28 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.08% to 1.1139, while USD/JPY fell 0.03% to 111.58.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.04% at 97.895.

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