U.S. shares mixed at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.14%

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U.S. shares mixed at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.14%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were mixed at the close on Friday, as gains in the Basic Materials , Oil & Gas and Industrials sectors propelled shares higher while losses in the Telecoms , Consumer Goods and Technology sectors led shares lower.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.14% to hit a new 1-month high, while the S&P 500 index fell 0.07%, and the NASDAQ Composite index fell 0.22%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Dow Inc (NYSE: DOW ), which rose 2.62% or 1.23 points to trade at 48.20 at the close. UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE: UNH ) added 2.00% or 4.59 points to end at 233.61 and JPMorgan Chase & Co (NYSE: JPM ) was up 1.97% or 2.32 points to 120.23 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL ), which lost 1.94% or 4.33 points to trade at 218.75 in late trade. The Travelers Companies Inc (NYSE: TRV ) declined 1.34% or 1.99 points to end at 146.31 and McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE: MCD ) shed 1.10% or 2.34 points to 209.81.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Cimarex Energy Co (NYSE: XEC ) which rose 8.21% to 47.95, Pioneer Natural Resources Co (NYSE: PXD ) which was up 3.90% to settle at 135.43 and Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold Inc (NYSE: FCX ) which gained 3.76% to close at 10.76.

The worst performers were Progressive Corp (NYSE: PGR ) which was down 5.59% to 72.68 in late trade, CenturyLink Inc (NYSE: CTL ) which lost 4.66% to settle at 12.90 and MarketAxess Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: MKTX ) which was down 4.30% to 330.29 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Wins Finance Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: WINS ) which rose 104.64% to 16.98, Fibrocell Science Inc (NASDAQ: FCSC ) which was up 59.56% to settle at 2.920 and Francescas Holdings (NASDAQ: FRAN ) which gained 28.47% to close at 18.14.

The worst performers were Ritter Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: RTTR ) which was down 70.00% to 0.324 in late trade, Energy Focu (NASDAQ: EFOI ) which lost 21.27% to settle at 0.43 and Alpine Immune Sciences Inc (NASDAQ: ALPN ) which was down 21.63% to 3.840 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1544 to 1416 and 76 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1473 rose and 1177 declined, while 104 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 3.38% to 13.74 a new 1-month low.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.76% or 11.40 to $1496.00 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in October fell 0.45% or 0.25 to hit $54.84 a barrel, while the November Brent oil contract fell 0.38% or 0.23 to trade at $60.15 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.13% to 1.1075, while USD/JPY fell 0.00% to 108.08.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.11% at 98.198.

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