U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.53%

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U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.53%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Basic Materials , Consumer Goods and Industrials sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 0.53%, while the S&P 500 index fell 0.44%, and the NASDAQ Composite index fell 0.26%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL ), which rose 0.92% or 2.05 points to trade at 225.03 at the close. Walmart Inc (NYSE: WMT ) added 0.48% or 0.46 points to end at 96.10 and Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE: VZ ) was up 0.33% or 0.18 points to 54.75 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Caterpillar Inc (NYSE: CAT ), which lost 1.97% or 2.80 points to trade at 139.06 in late trade. Nike Inc (NYSE: NKE ) declined 1.68% or 1.39 points to end at 81.40 and Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ: WBA ) shed 1.25% or 0.86 points to 67.80.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Signet Jewelers Ltd (NYSE: SIG ) which rose 23.84% to 67.68, H&R Block Inc (NYSE: HRB ) which was up 3.88% to settle at 27.33 and PerkinElmer Inc (NYSE: PKI ) which gained 2.79% to close at 92.60.

The worst performers were Dollar Tree Inc (NASDAQ: DLTR ) which was down 15.54% to 79.78 in late trade, Electronic Arts Inc (NASDAQ: EA ) which lost 9.79% to settle at 115.94 and PVH Corp (NYSE: PVH ) which was down 9.57% to 141.67 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Bridgeline Digital Inc (NASDAQ: BLIN ) which rose 53.40% to 1.3800, CPI Card Group Inc (NASDAQ: PMTS ) which was up 38.52% to settle at 3.74 and Insys Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: INSY ) which gained 34.05% to close at 10.67.

The worst performers were Cronos Group Inc (NASDAQ: CRON ) which was down 28.41% to 9.1200 in late trade, Kelly Services B Inc (NASDAQ: KELYB ) which lost 22.32% to settle at 24.050 and GreenPro Capital Corp (NASDAQ: GRNQ ) which was down 20.49% to 6.000000 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1953 to 1067 and 129 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1401 fell and 1148 advanced, while 163 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 10.37% to 13.52.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.43% or 5.20 to $1206.30 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in October rose 0.94% or 0.65 to hit $70.16 a barrel, while the November Brent oil contract rose 0.49% or 0.38 to trade at $77.84 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.30% to 1.1672, while USD/JPY fell 0.58% to 111.06.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.17% at 94.62.

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