U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 3.58%

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U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 3.58%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Industrials , Financials and Oil & Gas sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 3.58%, while the S&P 500 index declined 3.39%, and the NASDAQ Composite index lost 3.10%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ: WBA ), which rose 0.23% or 0.11 points to trade at 48.80 at the close. Walmart Inc (NYSE: WMT ) fell 0.73% or 0.85 points to end at 115.92 and Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ ) was down 1.02% or 1.47 points to 142.01 in late trade.

Biggest losers included United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX ), which lost 9.06% or 12.60 points to trade at 126.44 in late trade. Boeing Co (NYSE: BA ) declined 8.04% or 22.75 points to end at 260.37 and JPMorgan Chase & Co (NYSE: JPM ) shed 4.91% or 5.88 points to 113.97.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Kroger Company (NYSE: KR ) which rose 8.11% to 33.47, Citrix Systems Inc (NASDAQ: CTXS ) which was up 6.08% to settle at 116.46 and Smith AO Corporation (NYSE: AOS ) which gained 2.61% to close at 41.63.

The worst performers were Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (NYSE: RCL ) which was down 16.29% to 65.78 in late trade, Carnival Corporation (NYSE: CCL ) which lost 14.14% to settle at 27.87 and American Airlines Group (NASDAQ: AAL ) which was down 13.44% to 16.04 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were The Dixie Group Inc (NASDAQ: DXYN ) which rose 29.51% to 1.320, Trinity Biotech plc (NASDAQ: TRIB ) which was up 28.00% to settle at 1.280 and Correvio Pharma Corp (NASDAQ: CORV ) which gained 25.16% to close at 0.5000.

The worst performers were SenesTech Inc (NASDAQ: SNES ) which was down 28.82% to 2.0500 in late trade, Liberty Tripadvisor Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: LTRPB ) which lost 23.54% to settle at 5.10 and CalAmp Corp (NASDAQ: CAMP ) which was down 22.56% to 7.69 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2500 to 350 and 34 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 2247 fell and 433 advanced, while 48 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 23.85% to 39.62.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was up 1.82% or 29.85 to $1672.85 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in April fell 1.67% or 0.78 to hit $46.00 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract rose 0.08% or 0.04 to trade at $50.09 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.03% to 1.1236, while USD/JPY fell 0.09% to 106.06.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.78% at 96.552.

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