U.S. stocks lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.03%

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

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At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 0.03%, while the S&P 500 index declined 0.19%, and the NASDAQ Composite index fell 0.51%.

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The best performers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Chevron Corp (NYSE:CVX), which rose 2.24% or 2.37 points to trade at 108.05 at the close. Meanwhile, International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM) added 0.99% or 1.41 points to end at 143.22 and UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH) was up 0.93% or 3.76 points to 408.46 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Merck&Company Inc (NYSE:MRK), which fell 1.60% or 1.31 points to trade at 80.63 at the close. Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE:VZ) declined 1.22% or 0.66 points to end at 53.24 and Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ:WBA) was down 0.98% or 0.47 points to 47.38.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were APA Corporation (NASDAQ:APA) which rose 6.84% to 24.36, Hess Corporation (NYSE:HES) which was up 6.63% to settle at 89.15 and EOG Resources Inc (NYSE:EOG) which gained 5.53% to close at 90.53.

The worst performers were Citrix Systems Inc (NASDAQ:CTXS) which was down 5.65% to 98.32 in late trade, Hanesbrands Inc (NYSE:HBI) which lost 4.98% to settle at 16.23 and Charter Communications Inc (NASDAQ:CHTR) which was down 4.83% to 706.13 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were ChemoCentryx Inc (NASDAQ:CCXI) which rose 95.97% to 38.41, DatChat Inc (NASDAQ:DATS) which was up 45.52% to settle at 11.70 and Voyager Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:VYGR) which gained 44.53% to close at 5.550.

The worst performers were Allogene Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:ALLO) which was down 46.10% to 13.14 in late trade, Agile Thrpe (NASDAQ:AGRX) which lost 28.41% to settle at 0.6746 and Nkarta Inc (NASDAQ:NKTX) which was down 27.85% to 18.03 at the close.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 1763 to 1405 and 137 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 2123 fell and 1388 advanced, while 184 ended unchanged.

Shares in APA Corporation (NASDAQ:APA) rose to 52-week highs; rising 6.84% or 1.56 to 24.36. Shares in Citrix Systems Inc (NASDAQ:CTXS) fell to 52-week lows; losing 5.65% or 5.89 to 98.32. Shares in EOG Resources Inc (NYSE:EOG) rose to 52-week highs; gaining 5.53% or 4.74 to 90.53. Shares in Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE:VZ) fell to 52-week lows; falling 1.22% or 0.66 to 53.24. Shares in Allogene Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:ALLO) fell to all time lows; down 46.10% or 11.24 to 13.14. Shares in Agile Thrpe (NASDAQ:AGRX) fell to 52-week lows; falling 28.41% or 0.2677 to 0.6746. Shares in Nkarta Inc (NASDAQ:NKTX) fell to all time lows; falling 27.85% or 6.96 to 18.03.

The CBOE Volatility Index, which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 3.94% to 18.77.

Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.15% or 2.60 to $1756.60 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in November rose 1.53% or 1.20 to hit $79.50 a barrel, while the December Brent oil contract rose 0.66% or 0.54 to trade at $82.49 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.19% to 1.1573, while USD/JPY rose 0.59% to 112.25.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.12% at 94.112.

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