U.S. shares mixed at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.26%

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U.S. shares mixed at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.26%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were mixed at the close on Friday, as gains in the Oil & Gas , Basic Materials and Financials sectors propelled shares higher while losses in the Consumer Services , Telecoms and Utilities sectors led shares lower.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.26% to hit a new 1-month high, while the S&P 500 index climbed 0.09%, and the NASDAQ Composite index lost 0.25%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Visa Inc (NYSE: V ), which rose 3.81% or 5.14 points to trade at 140.15 at the close. Exxon Mobil Corp (NYSE: XOM ) added 3.60% or 2.64 points to end at 75.92 and Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC ) was up 3.42% or 1.61 points to 48.73 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Walmart Inc (NYSE: WMT ), which lost 2.06% or 1.97 points to trade at 93.86 in late trade. Caterpillar Inc (NYSE: CAT ) declined 1.69% or 2.25 points to end at 130.91 and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT ) shed 1.58% or 1.65 points to 102.78.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ: SYMC ) which rose 8.99% to 22.91, FMC Corporation (NYSE: FMC ) which was up 7.56% to settle at 85.83 and Aon PLC (NYSE: AON ) which gained 7.19% to close at 167.46.

The worst performers were Amazon.com Inc (NASDAQ: AMZN ) which was down 5.38% to 1626.23 in late trade, WestRock Co (NYSE: WRK ) which lost 4.94% to settle at 38.70 and IDEXX Laboratories Inc (NASDAQ: IDXX ) which was down 3.48% to 205.38 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were TMSR Holding Company Ltd (NASDAQ: TMSR ) which rose 122.58% to 5.52, Integrated Media Technology Ltd (NASDAQ: IMTE ) which was up 36.59% to settle at 8.40 and Titan Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: TTNP ) which gained 34.15% to close at 1.6500.

The worst performers were Magnegas Applied Technology Solutions Inc (NASDAQ: MNGA ) which was down 28.02% to 2.990 in late trade, OncoSec Medical Inc (NASDAQ: ONCS ) which lost 24.99% to settle at 0.660 and Leap Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: LPTX ) which was down 23.08% to 1.50 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1708 to 1304 and 107 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1534 rose and 1094 declined, while 92 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 2.60% to 16.14 a new 3-month low.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was down 0.20% or 2.65 to $1322.55 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in March rose 2.88% or 1.55 to hit $55.34 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract rose 3.34% or 2.03 to trade at $62.87 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.12% to 1.1458, while USD/JPY rose 0.56% to 109.48.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.00% at 95.300.

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