U.S. shares mixed at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.26%

U.S. shares mixed at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.26%

Investing.com  | Oct 19, 2018 21:25

U.S. shares mixed at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.26%

Investing.com – U.S. equities were mixed at the close on Friday, as gains in the Utilities, Consumer Goods and Telecoms sectors propelled shares higher while losses in the Healthcare, Oil & Gas and Basic Materials sectors led shares lower.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.26%, while the S&P 500 index lost 0.04%, and the NASDAQ Composite index declined 0.48%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE:PG), which rose 8.80% or 7.06 points to trade at 87.30 at the close. American Express Company (NYSE:AXP) added 3.78% or 3.89 points to end at 106.73 and Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) was up 2.34% or 2.72 points to 118.90 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Caterpillar Inc (NYSE:CAT), which lost 2.68% or 3.62 points to trade at 131.32 in late trade. Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) declined 2.16% or 0.97 points to end at 44.00 and DowDuPont Inc (NYSE:DWDP) shed 1.86% or 1.09 points to 57.49.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Interpublic Group of Companies Inc (NYSE:IPG) which rose 9.65% to 24.65, PayPal Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:PYPL) which was up 9.42% to settle at 84.78 and Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE:PG) which gained 8.80% to close at 87.30.

The worst performers were Advanced Micro Devices Inc (NASDAQ:AMD) which was down 11.12% to 23.660 in late trade, VF Corporation (NYSE:VFC) which lost 10.71% to settle at 77.76 and Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE:VLO) which was down 10.28% to 92.76 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were The9 Ltd ADR (NASDAQ:NCTY) which rose 64.56% to 2.600, Future Fintech Group Inc (NASDAQ:FTFT) which was up 35.64% to settle at 1.6277 and Ability Inc (NASDAQ:ABIL) which gained 29.53% to close at 4.02.

The worst performers were Yulong Eco-Materials Ltd (NASDAQ:YECO) which was down 47.23% to 6.200 in late trade, ServiceSource International Inc (NASDAQ:SREV) which lost 46.17% to settle at 1.405 and China Advanced Construction Materials (NASDAQ:CADC) which was down 31.25% to 2.750 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1582 to 1470 and 104 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1874 fell and 763 advanced, while 78 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index, which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 0.85% to 19.89.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.05% or 0.60 to $1229.50 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in November rose 0.96% or 0.66 to hit $69.31 a barrel, while the December Brent oil contract rose 0.83% or 0.66 to trade at $79.95 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.52% to 1.1513, while USD/JPY rose 0.27% to 112.50.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.31% at 95.42.

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