U.S. shares mixed at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.15%

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U.S. shares mixed at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.15%

Investing.com – U.S. equities were mixed at the close on Friday, as gains in the Healthcare , Consumer Goods and Technology sectors propelled shares higher while losses in the Basic Materials , Telecoms and Consumer Services sectors led shares lower.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 0.15%, while the S&P 500 index lost 0.08%, and the NASDAQ Composite index added 0.12%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE: UNH ), which rose 0.83% or 4.25 points to trade at 518.63 at the close. American Express Company (NYSE: AXP ) added 0.52% or 0.73 points to end at 141.76 and Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL ) was up 0.47% or 0.69 points to 147.04 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ: WBA ), which lost 1.73% or 0.66 points to trade at 37.55 in late trade. Dow Inc (NYSE: DOW ) declined 1.72% or 0.90 points to end at 51.38 and Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS ) shed 1.61% or 1.57 points to 95.86.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Enphase Energy Inc (NASDAQ: ENPH ) which rose 4.65% to 216.45, Centene Corp (NYSE: CNC ) which was up 3.23% to settle at 88.01 and McKesson Corporation (NYSE: MCK ) which gained 3.10% to close at 331.20.

The worst performers were Twitter Inc (NYSE: TWTR ) which was down 5.10% to 36.81 in late trade, Caesars Entertainment Corporation (NASDAQ: CZR ) which lost 4.67% to settle at 39.59 and Smith AO Corporation (NYSE: AOS ) which was down 4.43% to 56.97 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Aditx Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: ADTX ) which rose 50.00% to 0.24, Waitr Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: WTRH ) which was up 48.49% to settle at 0.35 and Oramed Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: ORMP ) which gained 44.37% to close at 8.20.

The worst performers were Enjoy Technology Inc (NASDAQ: ENJY ) which was down 52.12% to 0.19 in late trade, Upstart Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: UPST ) which lost 19.71% to settle at 27.09 and ContraFect Corp (NASDAQ: CFRX ) which was down 15.95% to 2.95 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1696 to 1420 and 165 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 2077 rose and 1617 declined, while 281 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 5.52% to 24.64.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was up 0.01% or 0.25 to $1,739.95 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in August rose 2.06% or 2.12 to hit $104.85 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract rose 2.40% or 2.51 to trade at $107.16 a barrel.

EUR/USD was unchanged 0.21% to 1.02, while USD/JPY rose 0.09% to 136.10.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.18% at 106.77.

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