U.S. shares mixed at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.57%

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U.S. shares mixed at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.57%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were mixed at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Financials , Healthcare and Consumer Goods sectors propelled shares higher while losses in the Technology , Basic Materials and Telecoms sectors led shares lower.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 0.57% to hit a new 6-month high, while the S&P 500 index gained 0.17%, and the NASDAQ Composite index declined 0.34%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Walmart Inc (NYSE: WMT ), which rose 4.54% or 5.93 points to trade at 136.63 at the close. JPMorgan Chase & Co (NYSE: JPM ) added 3.29% or 3.26 points to end at 102.35 and The Travelers Companies Inc (NYSE: TRV ) was up 3.21% or 3.64 points to 117.18 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL ), which lost 1.20% or 6.05 points to trade at 500.04 in late trade. Home Depot Inc (NYSE: HD ) declined 1.13% or 3.30 points to end at 288.63 and McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE: MCD ) shed 0.73% or 1.57 points to 212.19.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Abbott Laboratories (NYSE: ABT ) which rose 7.85% to 111.29, TripAdvisor Inc (NASDAQ: TRIP ) which was up 6.28% to settle at 24.37 and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (NYSE: RCL ) which gained 5.98% to close at 66.60.

The worst performers were Coty Inc (NYSE: COTY ) which was down 8.05% to 3.54 in late trade, Dollar Tree Inc (NASDAQ: DLTR ) which lost 7.21% to settle at 96.72 and Quest Diagnostics Incorporated (NYSE: DGX ) which was down 7.03% to 110.01 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Destination XL Group Inc (NASDAQ: DXLG ) which rose 57.20% to 0.450, Autobytel Inc (NASDAQ: AUTO ) which was up 34.92% to settle at 4.830 and VBI Vaccines Inc (NASDAQ: VBIV ) which gained 32.24% to close at 4.245.

The worst performers were Akers Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ: AKER ) which was down 31.49% to 2.85 in late trade, Aptorum Group Ltd Class A (NASDAQ: APM ) which lost 29.19% to settle at 2.11 and Fulgent Genetics Inc (NASDAQ: FLGT ) which was down 28.08% to 32.22 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1664 to 1359 and 110 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1501 fell and 1313 advanced, while 56 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 5.16% to 24.47.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.84% or 16.35 to $1936.15 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in October fell 0.85% or 0.37 to hit $43.02 a barrel, while the November Brent oil contract rose 0.02% or 0.01 to trade at $45.67 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.00% to 1.1821, while USD/JPY rose 0.00% to 106.56.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.02% at 93.015.

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