U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 1.07%

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U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 1.07%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Healthcare , Utilities and Financials sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 1.07%, while the S&P 500 index declined 0.93%, and the NASDAQ Composite index declined 0.93%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Caterpillar Inc (NYSE: CAT ), which rose 0.98% or 0.85 points to trade at 87.44 at the close. Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE: VZ ) added 0.12% or 0.07 points to end at 52.12 and International Business Machines (NYSE: IBM ) was down 0.10% or 0.16 points to 158.13 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE: GS ), which lost 2.75% or 4.50 points to trade at 158.95 in late trade. Merck & Company Inc (NYSE: MRK ) declined 2.20% or 1.39 points to end at 61.91 and Nike Inc (NYSE: NKE ) shed 2.03% or 1.08 points to 52.17.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were ConAgra Foods Inc (NYSE: CAG ) which rose 7.26% to 46.26, Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM ) which was up 6.30% to settle at 67.45 and Transocean Ltd (NYSE: RIG ) which gained 5.99% to close at 10.62.

The worst performers were Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE: CHK ) which was down 9.41% to 6.115 in late trade, Marathon Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: MPC ) which lost 6.85% to settle at 39.72 and Endo International PLC (NASDAQ: ENDP ) which was down 6.40% to 20.93 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Catabasis Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: CATB ) which rose 39.51% to 6.250, Cosi Inc (NASDAQ: COSI ) which was up 32.00% to settle at 0.0726 and Aegerion Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: AEGR ) which gained 22.89% to close at 3.06.

The worst performers were Intracellular Th (NASDAQ: ITCI ) which was down 63.59% to 15.42 in late trade, Alcobra Ltd (NASDAQ: ADHD ) which lost 45.67% to settle at 2.51 and Marinus Pharma (NASDAQ: MRNS ) which was down 26.74% to 2.00 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2451 to 726 and 66 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1916 fell and 618 advanced, while 73 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 14.12% to 14.14.

In commodities trading, Gold for December delivery was up 0.02% or 0.25 to $1323.95 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in November rose 1.49% or 0.70 to hit $47.75 a barrel, while the December Brent oil contract rose 0.93% or 0.46 to trade at $49.70 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.04% to 1.1223, while USD/JPY rose 0.39% to 101.08.

The US Dollar Index was up 0.12% at 95.42.

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