U.S. stocks lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.94%

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

At the close in NYSE, the declined 0.94%, while the index lost 0.54%, and the index lost 0.54%.

The best performers of the session on the were Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE:), which rose 0.84% or 0.50 points to trade at 59.94 at the close. Meanwhile, United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:) added 0.40% or 0.63 points to end at 156.83 and Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:) was up 0.34% or 0.20 points to 59.19 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Caterpillar Inc (NYSE:), which fell 2.83% or 3.88 points to trade at 133.37 at the close. Dow Inc (NYSE:) declined 2.38% or 1.17 points to end at 48.03 and 3M Company (NYSE:) was down 1.73% or 2.81 points to 160.08.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were NortonLifeLock Inc (NASDAQ:) which rose 12.04% to 19.73, National Oilwell Varco Inc (NYSE:) which was up 10.46% to settle at 24.18 and AbbVie Inc (NYSE:) which gained 5.86% to close at 92.29.

The worst performers were Take-Two Interactive Software Inc (NASDAQ:) which was down 11.85% to 112.60 in late trade, Fleetcor Technologies Inc (NYSE:) which lost 6.72% to settle at 306.76 and Macerich Company (NYSE:) which was down 6.26% to 23.36 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were LightPath Technologies Inc (NASDAQ:) which rose 51.28% to 1.1800, Assertio Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:) which was up 46.15% to settle at 1.520 and Benitec Biopharma Ltd ADR (NASDAQ:) which gained 39.20% to close at 7.44.

The worst performers were Flex Pharma Inc (NASDAQ:) which was down 58.05% to 0.835 in late trade, Zogenix Inc (NASDAQ:) which lost 38.96% to settle at 32.12 and Tonix Pharmaceuticals Holding Corp (NASDAQ:) which was down 38.85% to 0.532 at the close.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 1881 to 895 and 90 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1828 fell and 811 advanced, while 75 ended unchanged.

Shares in AbbVie Inc (NYSE:) rose to 52-week highs; up 5.86% or 5.11 to 92.29. Shares in United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:) rose to all time highs; rising 0.40% or 0.63 to 156.83. Shares in Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:) rose to all time highs; gaining 0.34% or 0.20 to 59.19. Shares in Flex Pharma Inc (NASDAQ:) fell to all time lows; down 58.05% or 1.155 to 0.835. Shares in Zogenix Inc (NASDAQ:) fell to 52-week lows; losing 38.96% or 20.50 to 32.12. Shares in Benitec Biopharma Ltd ADR (NASDAQ:) rose to 3-years highs; rising 39.20% or 2.10 to 7.44.

The , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 3.41% to 15.47.

Gold Futures for April delivery was up 0.25% or 3.90 to $1573.90 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in March fell 1.16% or 0.59 to hit $50.36 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract fell 0.87% or 0.48 to trade at $54.45 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.31% to 1.0946, while USD/JPY fell 0.22% to 109.75.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.22% at 98.593.

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