Investing.com – U.S. equities were mixed at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Consumer Goods , Technology and Consumer Services sectors propelled shares higher while losses in the Oil & Gas , Financials and Utilities sectors led shares lower.
The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL ), which rose 1.77% or 8.00 points to trade at 460.04 at the close. Nike Inc (NYSE: NKE ) added 1.24% or 1.30 points to end at 106.52 and Merck & Company Inc (NYSE: MRK ) was up 1.04% or 0.86 points to 83.54 in late trade.
Biggest losers included Cisco Systems Inc (NASDAQ: CSCO ), which lost 11.19% or 5.38 points to trade at 42.72 in late trade. Exxon Mobil Corp (NYSE: XOM ) declined 2.45% or 1.08 points to end at 43.01 and Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ: WBA ) shed 1.96% or 0.82 points to 41.00.
The top performers on the S&P 500 were Harley-Davidson Inc (NYSE: HOG ) which rose 3.79% to 28.21, Keysight Technologies Inc (NYSE: KEYS ) which was up 3.65% to settle at 103.20 and The AES Corporation (NYSE: AES ) which gained 3.07% to close at 17.79.
The worst performers were Cisco Systems Inc (NASDAQ: CSCO ) which was down 11.19% to 42.72 in late trade, HollyFrontier Corporation (NYSE: HFC ) which lost 6.25% to settle at 25.52 and Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co (NYSE: HPE ) which was down 5.23% to 9.61 at the close.
The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Hexindai Inc (NASDAQ: HX ) which rose 296.74% to 2.4800, FAT Brands Inc (NASDAQ: FAT ) which was up 98.58% to settle at 7.01 and GrowGeneration Corp (NASDAQ: GRWG ) which gained 42.69% to close at 12.50.
The worst performers were Stein Mart Inc (NASDAQ: SMRT ) which was down 32.27% to 0.1230 in late trade, Ricebran Tech (NASDAQ: RIBT ) which lost 29.04% to settle at 0.582 and LM Funding America Inc (NASDAQ: LMFA ) which was down 26.71% to 1.0700 at the close.
Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1793 to 1263 and 79 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1489 fell and 1279 advanced, while 83 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.
The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 0.67% to 22.13 a new 3-month low.
In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.72% or 14.10 to $1963.10 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in September fell 0.77% or 0.33 to hit $42.34 a barrel, while the October Brent oil contract fell 0.02% or 0.01 to trade at $45.05 a barrel.
EUR/USD was up 0.03% to 1.1816, while USD/JPY rose 0.00% to 106.92.
The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.18% at 93.237.
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