U.S. shares mixed at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.46%

Investing.com – U.S. equities were mixed at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Technology, Utilities and Consumer Services sectors propelled shares higher while losses in the Basic Materials, Oil&Gas and Financials sectors led shares lower.

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At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 0.46%, while the S&P 500 index lost 0.30%, and the NASDAQ Composite index gained 0.03%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Boeing Co (NYSE:BA), which rose 2.22% or 3.20 points to trade at 147.15 at the close. Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) added 2.05% or 2.98 points to end at 148.47 and Walmart Inc (NYSE:WMT) was up 1.95% or 2.45 points to 127.82 in late trade.

Biggest losers included The Travelers Companies Inc (NYSE:TRV), which lost 4.68% or 7.64 points to trade at 155.68 in late trade. JPMorgan Chase&Co (NYSE:JPM) declined 3.49% or 3.91 points to end at 108.00 and Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE:GS) shed 2.95% or 8.56 points to 281.59.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ:QCOM) which rose 4.62% to 141.90, Costco Wholesale Corp (NASDAQ:COST) which was up 4.01% to settle at 511.94 and NXP Semiconductors NV (NASDAQ:NXPI) which gained 3.10% to close at 159.82.

The worst performers were ConAgra Foods Inc (NYSE:CAG) which was down 7.25% to 33.15 in late trade, Caesars Entertainment Corporation (NASDAQ:CZR) which lost 7.21% to settle at 35.39 and Moderna Inc (NASDAQ:MRNA) which was down 6.61% to 159.92 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Clene Inc. (NASDAQ:CLNN) which rose 43.40% to 4.13, Clever Leaves Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:CLVR) which was up 36.00% to settle at 1.36 and Canoo Inc (NASDAQ:GOEV) which gained 29.13% to close at 4.61.

The worst performers were ContraFect Corp (NASDAQ:CFRX) which was down 83.11% to 0.48 in late trade, Nymox Pharmaceutical Corp (NASDAQ:NYMX) which lost 36.53% to settle at 0.22 and United Maritime Corp (NASDAQ:USEA) which was down 31.89% to 2.20 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2330 to 812 and 155 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 2509 fell and 1238 advanced, while 230 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index, which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 1.57% to 26.40.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was down 1.55% or 26.85 to $1,708.65 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in August rose 0.15% or 0.14 to hit $96.44 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract rose 0.25% or 0.25 to trade at $99.82 a barrel.

EUR/USD was unchanged 0.45% to 1.00, while USD/JPY rose 1.10% to 138.93.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.70% at 108.51.