U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.52%

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U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.52%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Financials , Industrials and Healthcare sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 0.52% to hit a new 1-month low, while the S&P 500 index declined 0.37%, and the NASDAQ Composite index lost 0.56%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE: WMT ), which rose 9.62% or 6.07 points to trade at 69.20 at the close. Cisco Systems Inc (NASDAQ: CSCO ) added 3.18% or 0.85 points to end at 27.57 and Nike Inc (NYSE: NKE ) was up 1.64% or 0.92 points to 57.04 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE: GS ), which lost 3.28% or 5.24 points to trade at 154.70 in late trade. Boeing Company (NYSE: BA ) declined 2.22% or 2.91 points to end at 128.08 and Caterpillar Inc (NYSE: CAT ) shed 1.64% or 1.16 points to 69.43.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Urban Outfitters Inc (NASDAQ: URBN ) which rose 13.95% to 28.02, Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE: WMT ) which was up 9.62% to settle at 69.20 and Darden Restaurants Inc (NYSE: DRI ) which gained 4.54% to close at 65.90.

The worst performers were Endo International PLC (NASDAQ: ENDP ) which was down 5.14% to 14.77 in late trade, Transocean Ltd (NYSE: RIG ) which lost 5.12% to settle at 9.08 and L Brands Inc (NYSE: LB ) which was down 4.95% to 60.62 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Cesca Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: KOOL ) which rose 79.60% to 3.6100, Paragon Shipping Inc (NASDAQ: PRGN ) which was up 69.64% to settle at 1.9000 and Linn Energy LLC (NASDAQ: LINE ) which gained 48.51% to close at 0.15.

The worst performers were Great Basin Scientific Inc (NASDAQ: GBSN ) which was down 27.95% to 2.6300 in late trade, China Finance Online Co Limited (NASDAQ: JRJC ) which lost 23.17% to settle at 3.880 and Warren Resources Inc (NASDAQ: WRES ) which was down 17.51% to 0.0820 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2323 to 988 and 35 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1754 fell and 805 advanced, while 59 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 2.63% to 16.37 a new 1-month high.

In commodities trading, Gold for June delivery was down 1.50% or 19.15 to $1255.25 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in June fell 0.17% or 0.08 to hit $48.11 a barrel, while the July Brent oil contract fell 0.47% or 0.23 to trade at $48.70 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.13% to 1.1201, while USD/JPY fell 0.19% to 109.99.

The US Dollar Index was up 0.12% at 95.31.

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