U.S. stocks mixed at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.17%

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At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.17% to hit a new 1-month high, while the S&P 500 index added 0.06%, and the NASDAQ Composite index fell 0.87%.

The best performers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were American Express Company (NYSE:AXP), which rose 3.38% or 3.24 points to trade at 99.16 at the close. Meanwhile, The Travelers Companies Inc (NYSE:TRV) added 3.18% or 3.62 points to end at 117.36 and Raytheon Technologies Corp (NYSE:RTX) was up 2.27% or 1.36 points to 61.23 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL), which fell 2.27% or 10.34 points to trade at 444.45 at the close. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) declined 1.79% or 3.87 points to end at 212.48 and Boeing Co (NYSE:BA) was down 1.27% or 2.18 points to 170.02.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Biogen Inc (NASDAQ:BIIB) which rose 10.10% to 305.71, United Parcel Service Inc (NYSE:UPS) which was up 7.86% to settle at 156.90 and Host Hotels & Resorts Inc (NYSE:HST) which gained 6.88% to close at 11.50.

The worst performers were Illumina Inc (NASDAQ:ILMN) which was down 10.94% to 355.66 in late trade, Fleetcor Technologies Inc (NYSE:FLT) which lost 8.51% to settle at 240.61 and Fortinet Inc (NASDAQ:FTNT) which was down 6.10% to 131.00 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Conduent Inc (NASDAQ:CNDT) which rose 82.74% to 4.13, Addex Therapeutics Ltd (NASDAQ:ADXN) which was up 80.69% to settle at 21.00 and Groupon Inc (NASDAQ:GRPN) which gained 56.66% to close at 25.77.

The worst performers were Everspin Technologies Inc (NASDAQ:MRAM) which was down 25.73% to 6.35 in late trade, Nova Lifestyle I (NASDAQ:NVFY) which lost 23.53% to settle at 1.820 and Aditx Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:ADTX) which was down 23.03% to 5.85 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 1910 to 1132 and 82 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1641 rose and 1133 declined, while 81 ended unchanged.

Shares in United Parcel Service Inc (NYSE:UPS) rose to all time highs; up 7.86% or 11.43 to 156.90. Shares in Addex Therapeutics Ltd (NASDAQ:ADXN) rose to all time highs; rising 80.69% or 9.38 to 21.00.

The CBOE Volatility Index, which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 1.94% to 22.21 a new 3-months low.

Gold Futures for October delivery was down 1.08% or 22.25 to $2036.15 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in September fell 0.93% or 0.39 to hit $41.56 a barrel, while the October Brent oil contract fell 0.95% or 0.43 to trade at $44.66 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.73% to 1.1788, while USD/JPY rose 0.36% to 105.92.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.67% at 93.390.