U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.69%

Investing.com – U.S. equities were lower at the close on Monday, as losses in the Healthcare, Utilities and Telecoms sectors propelled shares lower.

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At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.69%, while the S&P 500 index declined 0.84%, and the NASDAQ Composite index fell 0.81%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE:GS), which rose 2.51% or 7.39 points to trade at 301.26 at the close. Dow Inc (NYSE:DOW) added 1.86% or 0.92 points to end at 50.47 and Chevron Corp (NYSE:CVX) was up 1.40% or 1.93 points to 139.58 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Merck&Company Inc (NYSE:MRK), which lost 2.76% or 2.62 points to trade at 92.34 in late trade. Johnson&Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) declined 2.24% or 4.00 points to end at 174.23 and Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) shed 2.06% or 3.10 points to 147.07.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Gap Inc (NYSE:GPS) which rose 6.36% to 8.86, Freeport-McMoran Copper&Gold Inc (NYSE:FCX) which was up 6.20% to settle at 27.42 and Enphase Energy Inc (NASDAQ:ENPH) which gained 5.91% to close at 206.43.

The worst performers were Progressive Corp (NYSE:PGR) which was down 4.99% to 110.29 in late trade, Bio-Rad Laboratories Inc (NYSE:BIO) which lost 3.69% to settle at 475.79 and Fortinet Inc (NASDAQ:FTNT) which was down 3.69% to 58.00 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were SKYX Platforms Corp (NASDAQ:SKYX) which rose 43.15% to 4.91, Intelligent Living Application Group Inc (NASDAQ:ILAG) which was up 37.78% to settle at 3.10 and Exela Technologies Inc (NASDAQ:XELA) which gained 34.33% to close at 0.14.

The worst performers were United Maritime Corp (NASDAQ:USEA) which was down 58.65% to 2.51 in late trade, Performance Shipping Inc (NASDAQ:PSHG) which lost 57.07% to settle at 0.23 and G Medical Innovations Holdings Ltd (NASDAQ:GMVD) which was down 45.09% to 0.51 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1692 to 1448 and 150 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1940 fell and 1838 advanced, while 247 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index, which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 4.42% to 25.30.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was up 0.19% or 3.25 to $1,706.85 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in September rose 4.62% or 4.37 to hit $98.94 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract rose 4.51% or 4.56 to trade at $105.72 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.58% to 1.01, while USD/JPY fell 0.29% to 138.13.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.59% at 107.27.