U.S. shares mixed at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 1.39%

Investing.com – U.S. equities were mixed at the close on Friday, as gains in the , and sectors propelled shares higher while losses in the , and sectors led shares lower.

At the close in NYSE, the declined 1.39% to hit a new 6-month low, while the index declined 0.82%, and the index added 0.01%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the were Exxon Mobil Corp (NYSE:), which rose 3.25% or 1.62 points to trade at 51.44 at the close. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:) added 2.42% or 3.83 points to end at 162.01 and Dow Inc (NYSE:) was up 2.17% or 0.86 points to 40.41 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Boeing Co (NYSE:), which lost 4.40% or 12.65 points to trade at 275.11 in late trade. JPMorgan Chase & Co (NYSE:) declined 4.33% or 5.26 points to end at 116.11 and The Travelers Companies Inc (NYSE:) shed 3.44% or 4.27 points to 119.81.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Foot Locker Inc (NYSE:) which rose 8.02% to 36.25, Cimarex Energy Co (NYSE:) which was up 7.83% to settle at 33.05 and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd (NYSE:) which gained 7.25% to close at 37.26.

The worst performers were The AES Corporation (NYSE:) which was down 8.66% to 16.73 in late trade, Mylan NV (NASDAQ:) which lost 7.98% to settle at 17.19 and American Airlines Group (NASDAQ:) which was down 7.52% to 19.05 at the close.

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The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Biocept Inc (NASDAQ:) which rose 168.87% to 0.7800, Ritter Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:) which was up 143.21% to settle at 0.6900 and Altimmune Inc (NASDAQ:) which gained 110.23% to close at 3.700.

The worst performers were Tellurian Inc (NASDAQ:) which was down 51.02% to 1.80 in late trade, Tonix Pharmaceuticals Holding Corp (NASDAQ:) which lost 37.57% to settle at 1.080 and Novan Inc (NASDAQ:) which was down 36.15% to 0.2199 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2197 to 709 and 35 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1729 fell and 968 advanced, while 55 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 2.43% to 40.11 a new 3-year high.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was down 3.37% or 55.35 to $1587.15 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in April fell 3.91% or 1.84 to hit $45.25 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract fell 3.19% or 1.65 to trade at $50.08 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.26% to 1.1027, while USD/JPY fell 1.36% to 108.08.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.41% at 98.060.

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