U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.03%

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U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.03%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were lower at the close on Friday, as losses in the Telecoms , Consumer Services and Utilities sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.03%, while the S&P 500 index fell 0.19%, and the NASDAQ Composite index declined 0.51%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Chevron Corp (NYSE: CVX ), which rose 2.24% or 2.37 points to trade at 108.05 at the close. International Business Machines (NYSE: IBM ) added 0.99% or 1.41 points to end at 143.22 and UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE: UNH ) was up 0.93% or 3.76 points to 408.46 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Merck & Company Inc (NYSE: MRK ), which lost 1.60% or 1.31 points to trade at 80.63 in late trade. Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE: VZ ) declined 1.22% or 0.66 points to end at 53.24 and Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ: WBA ) shed 0.98% or 0.47 points to 47.38.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were APA Corporation (NASDAQ: APA ) which rose 6.84% to 24.36, Hess Corporation (NYSE: HES ) which was up 6.63% to settle at 89.15 and EOG Resources Inc (NYSE: EOG ) which gained 5.53% to close at 90.53.

The worst performers were Citrix Systems Inc (NASDAQ: CTXS ) which was down 5.65% to 98.32 in late trade, Hanesbrands Inc (NYSE: HBI ) which lost 4.98% to settle at 16.23 and Charter Communications Inc (NASDAQ: CHTR ) which was down 4.83% to 706.13 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were ChemoCentryx Inc (NASDAQ: CCXI ) which rose 95.97% to 38.41, DatChat Inc (NASDAQ: DATS ) which was up 45.77% to settle at 11.72 and Voyager Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: VYGR ) which gained 44.53% to close at 5.550.

The worst performers were Allogene Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: ALLO ) which was down 46.14% to 13.13 in late trade, Agile Thrpe (NASDAQ: AGRX ) which lost 28.41% to settle at 0.6746 and Nkarta Inc (NASDAQ: NKTX ) which was down 27.57% to 18.10 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1762 to 1399 and 149 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 2128 fell and 1400 advanced, while 202 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 3.94% to 18.77.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.14% or 2.45 to $1756.75 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in November rose 1.51% or 1.18 to hit $79.48 a barrel, while the December Brent oil contract rose 0.65% or 0.53 to trade at $82.48 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.19% to 1.1573, while USD/JPY rose 0.58% to 112.24.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.11% at 94.115.

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