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(C) Reuters U.S. stocks lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.48%

Investing.com – U.S. stocks were lower after the close on Friday, as losses in the Technology, Consumer Services and Consumer Goods sectors led shares lower.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 0.48%, while the S&P 500 index declined 0.96%, and the NASDAQ Composite index declined 2.22%.

The best performers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Dow Inc (NYSE:DOW), which rose 2.60% or 1.20 points to trade at 47.31 at the close. Meanwhile, Caterpillar Inc (NYSE:CAT) added 2.20% or 3.23 points to end at 149.94 and McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE:MCD) was up 1.40% or 3.08 points to 222.67 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Amgen Inc (NASDAQ:AMGN), which fell 3.91% or 9.98 points to trade at 245.41 at the close. Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) declined 3.23% or 3.77 points to end at 113.02 and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) was down 2.95% or 6.27 points to 206.19.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were LyondellBasell Industries NV (NYSE:LYB) which rose 6.02% to 72.24, Macerich Company (NYSE:MAC) which was up 5.71% to settle at 7.41 and United Rentals Inc (NYSE:URI) which gained 5.51% to close at 185.02.

The worst performers were Activision Blizzard Inc (NASDAQ:ATVI) which was down 5.30% to 78.30 in late trade, Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:VRTX) which lost 4.65% to settle at 260.80 and Netflix Inc (NASDAQ:NFLX) which was down 4.63% to 503.06 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Nano X Imaging Ltd (NASDAQ:NNOX) which rose 56.20% to 37.44, Westwater Resources Inc (NASDAQ:WWR) which was up 49.32% to settle at 4.420 and ProPhase Labs Inc (NASDAQ:PRPH) which gained 32.05% to close at 5.150.

The worst performers were Benitec Biopharma Ltd ADR (NASDAQ:BNTC) which was down 36.74% to 3.03 in late trade, Mesoblast Ltd (NASDAQ:MESO) which lost 35.27% to settle at 12.03 and Oasis Petroleum Inc (NASDAQ:OAS) which was down 19.10% to 0.171 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 1907 to 1162 and 96 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1486 fell and 1380 advanced, while 78 ended unchanged.

Shares in United Rentals Inc (NYSE:URI) rose to 52-week highs; rising 5.51% or 9.67 to 185.02. Shares in Benitec Biopharma Ltd ADR (NASDAQ:BNTC) fell to 52-week lows; down 36.74% or 1.76 to 3.03. Shares in ProPhase Labs Inc (NASDAQ:PRPH) rose to 52-week highs; up 32.05% or 1.250 to 5.150. Shares in Oasis Petroleum Inc (NASDAQ:OAS) fell to all time lows; losing 19.10% or 0.040 to 0.171.

The CBOE Volatility Index, which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 3.48% to 27.63.

Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.64% or 12.30 to $1904.00 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in November fell 4.52% or 1.75 to hit $36.97 a barrel, while the December Brent oil contract fell 4.25% or 1.74 to trade at $39.19 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.26% to 1.1716, while USD/JPY fell 0.19% to 105.30.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.15% at 93.907.

U.S. stocks lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.48%

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