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U.S. stocks lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.04%

Stock MarketsDec 16, 2016 04:25PM ET
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Investing.com – U.S. stocks were lower after the close on Friday, as losses in the Technology, Basic Materials and Financials sectors led shares lower.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 0.04%, while the S&P 500 index lost 0.18%, and the NASDAQ Composite index declined 0.36%.

The best performers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH), which rose 2.07% or 3.32 points to trade at 163.94 at the close. Meanwhile, General Electric Company (NYSE:GE) added 1.57% or 0.49 points to end at 31.75 and The Travelers Companies Inc (NYSE:TRV) was up 1.00% or 1.20 points to 121.60 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Caterpillar Inc (NYSE:CAT), which fell 2.06% or 1.95 points to trade at 92.58 at the close. Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE:GS) declined 1.69% or 4.10 points to end at 238.90 and Visa Inc (NYSE:V) was down 1.45% or 1.15 points to 78.35.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were First Solar Inc (NASDAQ:FSLR) which rose 7.67% to 35.11, Williams Companies Inc (NYSE:WMB) which was up 5.80% to settle at 30.81 and Endo International PLC (NASDAQ:ENDP) which gained 3.75% to close at 16.03.

The worst performers were Nordstrom Inc (NYSE:JWN) which was down 8.68% to 50.48 in late trade, Kohl’s Corporation (NYSE:KSS) which lost 7.97% to settle at 51.14 and Macy’s Inc (NYSE:M) which was down 6.65% to 37.47 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Aptose Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ:APTO) which rose 45.71% to 1.530, Wins Finance Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:WINS) which was up 44.44% to settle at 162.64 and Evoke Pharm (NASDAQ:EVOK) which gained 43.75% to close at 2.07.

The worst performers were RXI Pharmaceuticals Corp (NASDAQ:RXII) which was down 38.67% to 0.8463 in late trade, xG Technology Inc (NASDAQ:XGTI) which lost 28.12% to settle at 2.3000 and XBiotech Inc (NASDAQ:XBIT) which was down 22.21% to 9.98 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 1819 to 1406 and 35 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1339 fell and 1196 advanced, while 102 ended unchanged.

Shares in UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH) rose to all time highs; rising 2.07% or 3.32 to 163.94. Shares in The Travelers Companies Inc (NYSE:TRV) rose to all time highs; gaining 1.00% or 1.20 to 121.60. Shares in RXI Pharmaceuticals Corp (NASDAQ:RXII) fell to all time lows; losing 38.67% or 0.5337 to 0.8463.

The CBOE Volatility Index, which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 4.85% to 12.17.

Gold for February delivery was up 0.50% or 5.65 to $1135.45 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in January rose 2.14% or 1.09 to hit $51.99 a barrel, while the February Brent oil contract rose 2.39% or 1.29 to trade at $55.31 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.31% to 1.0446, while USD/JPY fell 0.18% to 117.98.

The US Dollar Index was down 0.28% at 102.86.

U.S. stocks lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.04%
 

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