U.S. shares mixed at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.09%

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U.S. shares mixed at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.09%

Investing.com – U.S. equities were mixed at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Technology , Consumer Services and Consumer Goods sectors propelled shares higher while losses in the Telecoms , Financials and Healthcare sectors led shares lower.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.09%, while the S&P 500 index gained 0.42%, and the NASDAQ Composite index gained 0.81%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Merck & Company Inc (NYSE: MRK ), which rose 2.12% or 1.88 points to trade at 90.56 at the close. Nike Inc (NYSE: NKE ) added 1.77% or 3.05 points to end at 175.55 and Salesforce.com Inc (NYSE: CRM ) was up 1.75% or 5.29 points to 308.18 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Dow Inc (NYSE: DOW ), which lost 3.17% or 1.87 points to trade at 57.18 in late trade. Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE: GS ) declined 2.37% or 9.90 points to end at 408.00 and The Travelers Companies Inc (NYSE: TRV ) shed 2.34% or 3.76 points to 156.50.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM ) which rose 12.80% to 156.21, Lumen Technologies Inc (NYSE: LUMN ) which was up 12.64% to settle at 13.72 and NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA ) which gained 12.00% to close at 297.90.

The worst performers were DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH ) which was down 13.95% to 37.08 in late trade, Qorvo Inc (NASDAQ: QRVO ) which lost 13.28% to settle at 154.47 and NRG Energy Inc (NYSE: NRG ) which was down 11.10% to 35.56 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Evaxion Biotech AS (NASDAQ: EVAX ) which rose 96.15% to 12.750, TDH Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: PETZ ) which was up 82.28% to settle at 4.320 and Cassava Sciences Inc (NASDAQ: SAVA ) which gained 48.96% to close at 84.40.

The worst performers were Vimeo Inc (NASDAQ: VMEO ) which was down 30.07% to 24.49 in late trade, Rimini Street Inc (NASDAQ: RMNI ) which lost 29.60% to settle at 7.955 and Qurate Retail Inc Series A (NASDAQ: QRTEA ) which was down 27.47% to 8.21 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1863 to 1350 and 138 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 2118 fell and 1531 advanced, while 164 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 2.25% to 15.44.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was up 1.66% or 29.30 to $1793.20 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in December fell 1.99% or 1.61 to hit $79.25 a barrel, while the January Brent oil contract fell 1.45% or 1.19 to trade at $80.80 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.46% to 1.1557, while USD/JPY fell 0.19% to 113.76.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.50% at 94.323.

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