U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.24%

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U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.24%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Consumer Goods , Telecoms and Technology sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.24%, while the S&P 500 index declined 0.30%, and the NASDAQ Composite index fell 0.52%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were General Electric Company (NYSE: GE ), which rose 1.77% or 0.43 points to trade at 24.75 at the close. Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE: GS ) added 0.65% or 1.50 points to end at 231.29 and JPMorgan Chase & Co (NYSE: JPM ) was up 0.45% or 0.43 points to 95.03 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE: PG ), which lost 1.86% or 1.76 points to trade at 92.64 in late trade. Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL ) declined 1.72% or 2.68 points to end at 153.39 and Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ ) shed 1.10% or 1.47 points to 131.75.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Anadarko Petroleum Corp (NYSE: APC ) which rose 8.21% to 48.49, SL Green Realty Corporation (NYSE: SLG ) which was up 3.49% to settle at 101.13 and Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE: BBY ) which gained 2.59% to close at 53.95.

The worst performers were Transocean Ltd (NYSE: RIG ) which was down 7.06% to 9.08 in late trade, Coty Inc (NYSE: COTY ) which lost 3.90% to settle at 16.00 and Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE: SWN ) which was down 3.64% to 5.83 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Akari Therapeutics PLC (NASDAQ: AKTX ) which rose 56.35% to 8.740, Rentech Inc (NASDAQ: RTK ) which was up 34.31% to settle at 0.460 and Gevo Inc (NASDAQ: GEVO ) which gained 33.88% to close at 0.8100.

The worst performers were Intercept Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: ICPT ) which was down 24.89% to 73.70 in late trade, China Lending Corp (NASDAQ: CLDC ) which lost 19.55% to settle at 2.51 and PhaseRx Inc (NASDAQ: PZRX ) which was down 19.38% to 1.04 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1772 to 1304 and 152 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1319 fell and 1130 advanced, while 158 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 1.74% to 9.61.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was down 1.61% or 21.22 to $1295.18 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in November rose 0.06% or 0.03 to hit $50.72 a barrel, while the November Brent oil contract rose 0.34% or 0.19 to trade at $56.48 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.39% to 1.1940, while USD/JPY rose 0.27% to 112.53.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.25% at 91.99.

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