U.S. shares mixed at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.13%

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U.S. shares mixed at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.13%

Investing.com – U.S. equities were mixed at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Basic Materials , Consumer Services and Technology sectors propelled shares higher while losses in the Utilities , Telecoms and Oil & Gas sectors led shares lower.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 0.13%, while the S&P 500 index fell 0.09%, and the NASDAQ Composite index climbed 0.36%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE: GS ), which rose 0.98% or 1.42 points to trade at 147.00 at the close. Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC ) added 0.70% or 0.23 points to end at 33.20 and Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS ) was up 0.69% or 0.67 points to 98.41 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE: VZ ), which lost 1.53% or 0.86 points to trade at 55.38 in late trade. Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX ) declined 1.46% or 1.53 points to end at 103.05 and Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM ) shed 1.20% or 1.13 points to 92.96.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ: COST ) which rose 4.93% to 163.70, Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ: WDC ) which was up 4.84% to settle at 47.66 and Viacom B Inc (NASDAQ: VIAB ) which gained 4.01% to close at 43.04.

The worst performers were First Solar Inc (NASDAQ: FSLR ) which was down 9.75% to 44.34 in late trade, Humana Inc (NYSE: HUM ) which lost 9.58% to settle at 162.74 and Aetna Inc (NYSE: AET ) which was down 3.97% to 115.47 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were SemiLEDS Corporation (NASDAQ: LEDS ) which rose 207.65% to 10.1500, Epirus Biopharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: EPRS ) which was up 49.80% to settle at 0.370 and US Energy Corp (NASDAQ: USEG ) which gained 40.67% to close at 2.4899.

The worst performers were Sajan Inc (NASDAQ: SAJA ) which was down 15.79% to 4.000 in late trade, Bind Therap (NASDAQ: BIND ) which lost 14.60% to settle at 0.550 and Aeglea Bio Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: AGLE ) which was down 13.16% to 3.96 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1737 to 1541 and 25 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1453 rose and 1081 declined, while 86 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 14.86.

In commodities trading, Gold for August delivery was down 0.44% or 6.00 to $1361.10 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in August fell 4.72% or 2.24 to hit $45.19 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract fell 4.75% or 2.32 to trade at $46.48 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.31% to 1.1065, while USD/JPY fell 0.51% to 100.80.

The US Dollar Index was up 0.18% at 96.30.

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