U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.94%

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U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.94%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were lower at the close on Friday, as losses in the Basic Materials , Industrials and Healthcare sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.94%, while the S&P 500 index declined 0.54%, and the NASDAQ Composite index lost 0.54%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE: VZ ), which rose 0.84% or 0.50 points to trade at 59.94 at the close. United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX ) added 0.40% or 0.63 points to end at 156.83 and Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO ) was up 0.34% or 0.20 points to 59.19 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Caterpillar Inc (NYSE: CAT ), which lost 2.83% or 3.88 points to trade at 133.37 in late trade. Dow Inc (NYSE: DOW ) declined 2.38% or 1.17 points to end at 48.03 and 3M Company (NYSE: MMM ) shed 1.73% or 2.81 points to 160.08.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were NortonLifeLock Inc (NASDAQ: NLOK ) which rose 12.04% to 19.73, National Oilwell Varco Inc (NYSE: NOV ) which was up 10.46% to settle at 24.18 and AbbVie Inc (NYSE: ABBV ) which gained 5.86% to close at 92.29.

The worst performers were Take-Two Interactive Software Inc (NASDAQ: TTWO ) which was down 11.85% to 112.60 in late trade, Fleetcor Technologies Inc (NYSE: FLT ) which lost 6.72% to settle at 306.76 and Macerich Company (NYSE: MAC ) which was down 6.26% to 23.36 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were LightPath Technologies Inc (NASDAQ: LPTH ) which rose 51.28% to 1.1800, Assertio Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: ASRT ) which was up 46.15% to settle at 1.520 and Benitec Biopharma Ltd ADR (NASDAQ: BNTC ) which gained 39.20% to close at 7.44.

The worst performers were Flex Pharma Inc (NASDAQ: SLRX ) which was down 58.05% to 0.835 in late trade, Zogenix Inc (NASDAQ: ZGNX ) which lost 38.96% to settle at 32.12 and Tonix Pharmaceuticals Holding Corp (NASDAQ: TNXP ) which was down 38.85% to 0.532 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1881 to 895 and 90 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1828 fell and 811 advanced, while 75 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 3.41% to 15.47.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was up 0.25% or 3.90 to $1573.90 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in March fell 1.16% or 0.59 to hit $50.36 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract fell 0.87% or 0.48 to trade at $54.45 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.31% to 1.0946, while USD/JPY fell 0.22% to 109.75.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.22% at 98.593.

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