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U.S. stocks mixed at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.12%

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U.S. stocks mixed at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.12% – U.S. stocks were mixed after the close on Friday, as gains in the Oil & Gas, Telecoms and Financials sectors led shares higher while losses in the Utilities, Healthcare and Technology sectors led shares lower.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.12%, while the S&P 500 index declined 0.02%, and the NASDAQ Composite index fell 0.21%.

The best performers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ:WBA), which rose 2.22% or 0.91 points to trade at 41.91 at the close. Meanwhile, Boeing Co (NYSE:BA) added 1.92% or 3.35 points to end at 178.08 and Dow Inc (NYSE:DOW) was up 0.99% or 0.44 points to 44.87 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were The Travelers Companies Inc (NYSE:TRV), which fell 0.56% or 0.67 points to trade at 118.60 at the close. Cisco Systems Inc (NASDAQ:CSCO) declined 0.52% or 0.22 points to end at 42.50 and Caterpillar Inc (NYSE:CAT) was down 0.50% or 0.71 points to 139.96.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were McKesson Corporation (NYSE:MCK) which rose 4.26% to 158.67, DXC Technology Co (NYSE:DXC) which was up 3.92% to settle at 20.41 and Applied Materials Inc (NASDAQ:AMAT) which gained 3.92% to close at 67.62.

The worst performers were Nektar Therapeutics (NASDAQ:NKTR) which was down 2.49% to 19.55 in late trade, Duke Realty Corporation (NYSE:DRE) which lost 2.29% to settle at 37.89 and Sempra Energy (NYSE:SRE) which was down 2.06% to 131.89 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Sky Solar Holdings Adr Rep 8 (NASDAQ:SKYS) which rose 51.91% to 4.770, Mesoblast Ltd (NASDAQ:MESO) which was up 51.40% to settle at 17.88 and Town Sports International Holdings (NASDAQ:CLUB) which gained 48.43% to close at 0.695.

The worst performers were Hexindai Inc (NASDAQ:HX) which was down 57.26% to 1.0600 in late trade, Sundial Growers Inc (NASDAQ:SNDL) which lost 35.79% to settle at 0.45 and Biofrontera AG ADR (NASDAQ:BFRA) which was down 29.67% to 16.09 at the close.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 1507 to 1502 and 122 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1444 fell and 1325 advanced, while 85 ended unchanged.

Shares in Applied Materials Inc (NASDAQ:AMAT) rose to all time highs; rising 3.92% or 2.55 to 67.62. Shares in Mesoblast Ltd (NASDAQ:MESO) rose to 5-year highs; up 51.40% or 6.07 to 17.88.

The CBOE Volatility Index, which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 0.36% to 22.05 a new 3-months low.

Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.85% or 16.80 to $1953.60 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in September fell 0.02% or 0.01 to hit $42.23 a barrel, while the October Brent oil contract fell 0.02% or 0.01 to trade at $44.95 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.26% to 1.1843, while USD/JPY fell 0.30% to 106.59.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.25% at 93.088.

U.S. stocks mixed at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.12%

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