U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.22%

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U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.22%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Telecoms , Industrials and Consumer Goods sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 0.22%, while the S&P 500 index declined 0.14%, and the NASDAQ Composite index declined 0.09%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were American Express Company (NYSE: AXP ), which rose 9.06% or 5.55 points to trade at 66.80 at the close. UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE: UNH ) added 0.50% or 0.72 points to end at 145.09 and Home Depot Inc (NYSE: HD ) was up 0.27% or 0.34 points to 126.23 in late trade.

Biggest losers included The Travelers Companies Inc (NYSE: TRV ), which lost 5.65% or 6.57 points to trade at 109.66 in late trade. Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE: VZ ) declined 2.48% or 1.25 points to end at 49.13 and Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE: PG ) shed 0.75% or 0.65 points to 84.89.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were American Express Company (NYSE: AXP ) which rose 9.06% to 66.80, Snap-On Incorporated (NYSE: SNA ) which was up 6.63% to settle at 159.00 and Mattel Inc (NASDAQ: MAT ) which gained 6.01% to close at 32.46.

The worst performers were eBay Inc (NASDAQ: EBAY ) which was down 10.76% to 29.02 in late trade, Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP ) which lost 6.72% to settle at 90.59 and The Travelers Companies Inc (NYSE: TRV ) which was down 5.65% to 109.66 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were DragonWave Inc (NASDAQ: DRWI ) which rose 94.12% to 4.2900, Moleculin Biotech Inc (NASDAQ: MBRX ) which was up 60.97% to settle at 4.33 and MannKind Corporation (NASDAQ: MNKD ) which gained 29.97% to close at 0.610.

The worst performers were First NBC Bank Holding Company (NASDAQ: FNBC ) which was down 19.20% to 9.05 in late trade, Flexsteel Industries Inc (NASDAQ: FLXS ) which lost 17.92% to settle at 41.40 and DXP Enterprises Inc (NASDAQ: DXPE ) which was down 17.20% to 24.03 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1818 to 1296 and 98 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1368 fell and 1099 advanced, while 154 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 4.51% to 13.76.

In commodities trading, Gold for December delivery was down 0.25% or 3.15 to $1266.75 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in December fell 2.37% or 1.23 to hit $50.59 a barrel, while the December Brent oil contract fell 2.51% or 1.32 to trade at $51.35 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.44% to 1.0926, while USD/JPY rose 0.47% to 103.95.

The US Dollar Index was up 0.45% at 98.31.

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