U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.81%

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U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.81%

Investing.com – U.S. equities were lower at the close on Friday, as losses in the Basic Materials , Technology and Healthcare sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 0.81%, while the S&P 500 index lost 0.71%, and the NASDAQ Composite index fell 0.79%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX ), which rose 0.14% or 0.21 points to trade at 153.35 at the close. Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ: WBA ) unchanged 0.00% or 0.00 points to end at 59.08 and Boeing Co (NYSE: BA ) was down 0.17% or 0.56 points to 332.76 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Dow Inc (NYSE: DOW ), which lost 2.47% or 1.33 points to trade at 52.42 in late trade. Cisco Systems Inc (NASDAQ: CSCO ) declined 1.63% or 0.79 points to end at 47.63 and Caterpillar Inc (NYSE: CAT ) shed 1.39% or 2.09 points to 148.44.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Lamb Weston Holdings Inc (NYSE: LW ) which rose 11.26% to 93.56, L Brands Inc (NYSE: LB ) which was up 7.83% to settle at 18.86 and Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC ) which gained 5.43% to close at 375.01.

The worst performers were Incyte Corporation (NASDAQ: INCY ) which was down 9.39% to 77.90 in late trade, HollyFrontier Corporation (NYSE: HFC ) which lost 6.25% to settle at 48.18 and Marathon Petroleum Corp (NYSE: MPC ) which was down 5.94% to 58.23 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Leap Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: LPTX ) which rose 51.93% to 1.61, Guardion Health Sciences Inc (NASDAQ: GHSI ) which was up 42.80% to settle at 0.3570 and Inpixon (NASDAQ: INPX ) which gained 38.30% to close at 0.4550.

The worst performers were Novan Inc (NASDAQ: NOVN ) which was down 73.05% to 0.84 in late trade, Synthesis Energy Systems Inc (NASDAQ: SES ) which lost 22.54% to settle at 8.8300 and Dragon Victory International Ltd (NASDAQ: LYL ) which was down 16.26% to 1.11 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1535 to 1294 and 88 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1711 fell and 943 advanced, while 74 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 12.43% to 14.02.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was up 1.77% or 27.05 to $1555.15 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in February rose 3.02% or 1.85 to hit $63.03 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract rose 3.64% or 2.41 to trade at $68.66 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.07% to 1.1162, while USD/JPY fell 0.42% to 108.11.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.08% at 96.602.

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