U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 1.43%

Investing.com – U.S. equities were lower at the close on Friday, as losses in the Technology, Consumer Services and Consumer Goods sectors propelled shares lower.

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At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 1.43%, while the S&P 500 index lost 1.90%, and the NASDAQ Composite index fell 2.78%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Chevron Corp (NYSE:CVX), which rose 2.04% or 2.77 points to trade at 138.81 at the close. Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE:VZ) added 0.53% or 0.28 points to end at 53.32 and Dow Inc (NYSE:DOW) was up 0.23% or 0.14 points to 61.09 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Salesforce.com Inc (NYSE:CRM), which lost 4.49% or 9.77 points to trade at 207.90 in late trade. Nike Inc (NYSE:NKE) declined 3.20% or 4.64 points to end at 140.18 and Boeing Co (NYSE:BA) shed 2.95% or 6.45 points to 212.30.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Newell Brands Inc (NASDAQ:NWL) which rose 11.07% to 24.39, Baker Hughes Co (NYSE:BKR) which was up 6.20% to settle at 29.14 and Occidental Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:OXY) which gained 5.65% to close at 42.98.

The worst performers were Under Armour Inc A (NYSE:UAA) which was down 12.49% to 17.51 in late trade, Under Armour Inc C (NYSE:UA) which lost 11.37% to settle at 15.36 and Advanced Micro Devices Inc (NASDAQ:AMD) which was down 10.01% to 113.18 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Y mAbs Therapeutics (NASDAQ:YMAB) which rose 25.95% to 8.25, Kaival Brands Innovations Group Inc (NASDAQ:KAVL) which was up 23.08% to settle at 2.240 and InterCure Ltd (NASDAQ:INCR) which gained 21.84% to close at 8.20.

The worst performers were ProQR Therapeutics NV (NASDAQ:PRQR) which was down 75.35% to 1.390 in late trade, Enveric Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ:ENVB) which lost 49.03% to settle at 0.337 and Surgalign Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:SRGA) which was down 45.57% to 0.3241 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2266 to 987 and 136 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 2744 fell and 1089 advanced, while 191 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index, which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 14.43% to 27.36.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was up 1.25% or 23.00 to $1860.40 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in March rose 4.51% or 4.05 to hit $93.93 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract rose 3.98% or 3.64 to trade at $95.05 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.67% to 1.1351, while USD/JPY fell 0.51% to 115.40.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.52% at 96.047.

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