U.S. stocks lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 1.31%

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At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 1.31%, while the S&P 500 index fell 1.23%, and the NASDAQ Composite index lost 2.29%.

The best performers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Cisco Systems Inc (NASDAQ:CSCO), which rose 1.09% or 0.51 points to trade at 47.41 at the close. Meanwhile, Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE:PG) added 0.65% or 0.81 points to end at 126.16 and 3M Company (NYSE:MMM) was up 0.37% or 0.58 points to 159.29 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL), which fell 4.55% or 17.71 points to trade at 371.38 at the close. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) declined 4.35% or 9.21 points to end at 202.54 and Dow Inc (NYSE:DOW) was down 3.43% or 1.52 points to 42.82.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE:WHR) which rose 7.99% to 158.63, Globe Life Inc (NYSE:GL) which was up 6.13% to settle at 80.32 and Hershey Company (NYSE:HSY) which gained 5.68% to close at 146.33.

The worst performers were Citrix Systems Inc (NASDAQ:CTXS) which was down 12.93% to 145.54 in late trade, Allegion PLC (NYSE:ALLE) which lost 8.10% to settle at 102.56 and Align Technology Inc (NASDAQ:ALGN) which was down 5.95% to 299.05 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Milestone Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:MIST) which rose 166.77% to 8.91, Arbutus Biopharma Corp (NASDAQ:ABUS) which was up 119.86% to settle at 6.20 and RigNet Inc (NASDAQ:RNET) which gained 48.34% to close at 3.13.

The worst performers were Ascena Retail Group Inc (NASDAQ:ASNA) which was down 25.70% to 0.59 in late trade, Check Cap Ltd (NASDAQ:CHEK) which lost 20.01% to settle at 0.604 and 360 Finance Inc (NASDAQ:QFIN) which was down 19.61% to 13.61 at the close.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 1551 to 1292 and 85 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1675 fell and 1030 advanced, while 68 ended unchanged.

Shares in Ascena Retail Group Inc (NASDAQ:ASNA) fell to 5-year lows; down 25.70% or 0.20 to 0.59. Shares in Arbutus Biopharma Corp (NASDAQ:ABUS) rose to 52-week highs; rising 119.86% or 3.38 to 6.20.

The CBOE Volatility Index, which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 7.24% to 26.08.

Gold Futures for August delivery was up 1.04% or 19.40 to $1884.50 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in September fell 2.00% or 0.84 to hit $41.06 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract rose 0.02% or 0.01 to trade at $43.34 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.01% to 1.1593, while USD/JPY rose 0.02% to 106.88.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.21% at 94.727.