U.S. shares mixed at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.18%

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U.S. shares mixed at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.18%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were mixed at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Utilities , Healthcare and Oil & Gas sectors propelled shares higher while losses in the Basic Materials , Consumer Services and Telecoms sectors led shares lower.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 0.18%, while the S&P 500 index declined 0.20%, and the NASDAQ Composite index added 0.01%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were International Business Machines (NYSE: IBM ), which rose 2.05% or 3.04 points to trade at 151.45 at the close. American Express Company (NYSE: AXP ) added 1.84% or 1.11 points to end at 61.40 and Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS ) was up 0.40% or 0.40 points to 99.31 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Pfizer Inc (NYSE: PFE ), which lost 1.46% or 0.44 points to trade at 29.64 in late trade. EI du Pont de Nemours and Company (NYSE: DD ) declined 1.32% or 0.85 points to end at 63.32 and Boeing Company (NYSE: BA ) shed 1.28% or 1.64 points to 126.94.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE: MRO ) which rose 5.79% to 11.14, Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE: SWN ) which was up 4.81% to settle at 8.07 and Devon Energy Corporation (NYSE: DVN ) which gained 4.73% to close at 27.44.

The worst performers were Mosaic Company (NYSE: MOS ) which was down 3.98% to 27.00 in late trade, Deere & Company (NYSE: DE ) which lost 3.91% to settle at 76.99 and Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON ) which was down 3.68% to 87.74 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Genocea Bioscnc (NASDAQ: GNCA ) which rose 94.96% to 7.74, Sky Solar Holdings Adr Rep 8 (NASDAQ: SKYS ) which was up 83.74% to settle at 2.26 and DragonWave Inc (NASDAQ: DRWI ) which gained 43.73% to close at 4.9300.

The worst performers were Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc (NASDAQ: EGLE ) which was down 52.00% to 0.360 in late trade, Quantum Fuel Systems Inc (NASDAQ: QTWW ) which lost 50.28% to settle at 0.0801 and Net Element International, Inc. (NASDAQ: NETE ) which was down 26.85% to 0.3138 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1833 to 1515 and 29 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1323 fell and 1273 advanced, while 61 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 3.61% to 14.05.

In commodities trading, Gold for June delivery was up 0.41% or 5.00 to $1233.60 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in May fell 0.42% or 0.16 to hit $38.16 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract rose 0.25% or 0.10 to trade at $40.15 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.37% to 1.1380, while USD/JPY rose 0.12% to 112.56.

The US Dollar Index was down 0.18% at 94.62.

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