U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.34%

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U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.34%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Financials , Technology and Oil & Gas sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 0.34%, while the S&P 500 index lost 0.28%, and the NASDAQ Composite index declined 0.42%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Merck & Company Inc (NYSE: MRK ), which rose 1.14% or 0.70 points to trade at 62.34 at the close. McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE: MCD ) added 0.94% or 1.14 points to end at 122.02 and Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE: VZ ) was up 0.46% or 0.24 points to 52.70 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS ), which lost 1.75% or 1.92 points to trade at 107.52 in late trade. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT ) declined 1.15% or 0.73 points to end at 62.46 and JPMorgan Chase & Co (NYSE: JPM ) shed 0.89% or 0.78 points to 86.31.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Tiffany & Co (NYSE: TIF ) which rose 3.83% to 80.72, AmerisourceBergen (NYSE: ABC ) which was up 3.26% to settle at 84.19 and Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY ) which gained 2.76% to close at 77.34.

The worst performers were Cincinnati Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: CINF ) which was down 6.74% to 69.84 in late trade, Hess Corporation (NYSE: HES ) which lost 5.17% to settle at 58.65 and Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold Inc (NYSE: FCX ) which was down 4.06% to 15.22 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Transgenomi (NASDAQ: TBIO ) which rose 326.11% to 1.2059, Cellect Biotechnology Ltd (NASDAQ: APOP ) which was up 118.37% to settle at 7.25 and Memorial Production Partners LP (NASDAQ: MEMP ) which gained 87.95% to close at 0.245.

The worst performers were Myos Rens Technology Inc (NASDAQ: MYOS ) which was down 42.85% to 3.898 in late trade, Fuwei Films Holdings Co Ltd (NASDAQ: FFHL ) which lost 37.00% to settle at 2.3436 and DragonWave Inc (NASDAQ: DRWI ) which was down 20.69% to 2.3000 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1942 to 1164 and 86 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1702 fell and 777 advanced, while 96 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 2.31% to 11.52.

In commodities trading, Gold for February delivery was down 0.11% or 1.35 to $1195.25 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in February rose 1.61% or 0.84 to hit $53.09 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract rose 1.80% or 0.99 to trade at $56.09 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.33% to 1.0618, while USD/JPY fell 0.68% to 114.60.

The US Dollar Index was down 0.29% at 101.41.

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