U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.43%

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U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.43%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Oil & Gas , Healthcare and Technology sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.43%, while the S&P 500 index fell 0.16%, and the NASDAQ Composite index lost 0.14%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Walmart Inc (NYSE: WMT ), which rose 1.37% or 1.59 points to trade at 117.44 at the close. Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE: PG ) added 1.22% or 1.51 points to end at 124.96 and American Express Company (NYSE: AXP ) was up 0.92% or 1.22 points to 134.46 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Cisco Systems Inc (NASDAQ: CSCO ), which lost 5.23% or 2.61 points to trade at 47.32 in late trade. Dow Inc (NYSE: DOW ) declined 2.09% or 1.03 points to end at 48.30 and Pfizer Inc (NYSE: PFE ) shed 2.15% or 0.81 points to 36.93.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Equifax Inc (NYSE: EFX ) which rose 5.01% to 162.26, Iron Mountain Incorporated (NYSE: IRM ) which was up 4.94% to settle at 33.36 and Fidelity National Information Services Inc (NYSE: FIS ) which gained 4.30% to close at 154.32.

The worst performers were NetApp Inc (NASDAQ: NTAP ) which was down 9.27% to 55.18 in late trade, CenturyLink Inc (NYSE: CTL ) which lost 8.44% to settle at 13.88 and Kraft Heinz Co (NASDAQ: KHC ) which was down 7.56% to 27.77 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Genprex Inc (NASDAQ: GNPX ) which rose 51.38% to 2.7400, Atlas Financial Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: AFH ) which was up 37.66% to settle at 0.6551 and Lianluo Smart Ltd (NASDAQ: LLIT ) which gained 28.52% to close at 0.9500.

The worst performers were XBiotech Inc (NASDAQ: XBIT ) which was down 24.17% to 16.53 in late trade, Greenland Acquisition Corp (NASDAQ: GTEC ) which lost 23.08% to settle at 2.50 and Gemphire Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: NRBO ) which was down 21.67% to 23.50 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1472 to 1322 and 81 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1341 rose and 1315 declined, while 63 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 2.98% to 14.15.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was up 0.47% or 7.35 to $1578.95 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in March rose 0.70% or 0.36 to hit $51.53 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract unchanged 0.00% or 0.00 to trade at $56.45 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.01% to 1.0838, while USD/JPY rose 0.00% to 109.81.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.08% at 99.002.

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