U.S. stocks lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.02%
U.S. stocks were lower after the close on Friday, as losses in the Oil&Gas, Utilities and Basic Materials sectors led shares lower.
At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.02%, while the S&P 500 index declined 0.01%, and the NASDAQ Composite index declined 0.21%.
The best performers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Pfizer Inc (NYSE:PFE), which rose 1.35% or 0.57 points to trade at 42.88 at the close. Meanwhile, UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH) added 1.14% or 2.80 points to end at 247.67 and Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) was up 0.76% or 0.37 points to 48.93 in late trade.
The worst performers of the session were Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ:WBA), which fell 1.06% or 0.77 points to trade at 71.71 at the close. Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) declined 0.98% or 1.51 points to end at 152.29 and Chevron Corp (NYSE:CVX) was down 0.80% or 0.91 points to 112.54.
The top performers on the S&P 500 were General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) which rose 7.05% to 37.18, PVH Corp (NYSE:PVH) which was up 6.90% to settle at 105.77 and Netflix Inc (NASDAQ:NFLX) which gained 3.98% to close at 337.59.
The worst performers were Activision Blizzard Inc (NASDAQ:ATVI) which was down 9.37% to 46.54 in late trade, Advance Auto Parts Inc (NYSE:AAP) which lost 3.42% to settle at 159.42 and VF Corporation (NYSE:VFC) which was down 2.96% to 71.46 at the close.
The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Toughbuilt Industries Inc (NASDAQ:TBLT) which rose 45.00% to 1.74, SAExploration Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:SAEX) which was up 28.57% to settle at 5.850 and Sunesis Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:SNSS) which gained 26.16% to close at 0.7349.
The worst performers were Phunware Inc (NASDAQ:PHUN) which was down 42.00% to 91.06 in late trade, Aratana Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:PETX) which lost 26.55% to settle at 4.37 and Aehr Test Systems (NASDAQ:AEHR) which was down 24.06% to 1.420 at the close.
Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 1687 to 1339 and 107 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1431 rose and 1205 declined, while 72 ended unchanged.
The CBOE Volatility Index, which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 6.72% to 18.19 a new 1-month low.
Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.09% or 1.20 to $1288.60 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in February fell 1.69% or 0.89 to hit $51.70 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract fell 1.82% or 1.12 to trade at $60.56 a barrel.
EUR/USD was down 0.30% to 1.1464, while USD/JPY rose 0.07% to 108.50.
The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.16% at 95.268.