U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.68%

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U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.68%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were lower at the close on Friday, as losses in the Healthcare , Technology and Industrials sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 0.68%, while the S&P 500 index lost 0.62%, and the NASDAQ Composite index declined 0.94%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE: VZ ), which rose 1.79% or 1.00 points to trade at 56.85 at the close. Caterpillar Inc (NYSE: CAT ) added 0.72% or 0.98 points to end at 137.58 and McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE: MCD ) was up 0.59% or 1.17 points to 198.72 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC ), which lost 16.24% or 9.81 points to trade at 50.59 in late trade. Cisco Systems Inc (NASDAQ: CSCO ) declined 2.13% or 1.01 points to end at 46.40 and Pfizer Inc (NYSE: PFE ) shed 1.95% or 0.75 points to 37.66.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Advanced Micro Devices Inc (NASDAQ: AMD ) which rose 16.50% to 69.40, FirstEnergy Corporation (NYSE: FE ) which was up 7.59% to settle at 29.48 and Darden Restaurants Inc (NYSE: DRI ) which gained 3.24% to close at 78.64.

The worst performers were Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC ) which was down 16.24% to 50.59 in late trade, KLA-Tencor Corporation (NASDAQ: KLAC ) which lost 7.70% to settle at 188.21 and Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ: WDC ) which was down 7.17% to 42.85 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Ascena Retail Group Inc (NASDAQ: ASNA ) which rose 119.76% to 1.29, Global Eagle Entertainment Inc (NASDAQ: ENT ) which was up 53.81% to settle at 3.2300 and Cyren Ltd (NASDAQ: CYRN ) which gained 36.64% to close at 1.790.

The worst performers were eHealth Inc (NASDAQ: EHTH ) which was down 30.55% to 79.17 in late trade, Arbutus Biopharma Corp (NASDAQ: ABUS ) which lost 20.00% to settle at 4.96 and US Energy Corp (NASDAQ: USEG ) which was down 18.19% to 5.89 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1907 to 905 and 104 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 2004 fell and 681 advanced, while 71 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 0.92% to 25.84.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was up 0.53% or 9.95 to $1899.95 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in September rose 0.66% or 0.27 to hit $41.34 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract rose 0.07% or 0.03 to trade at $43.34 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.53% to 1.1656, while USD/JPY fell 0.66% to 106.14.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.37% at 94.300.

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