Investing.com – U.S. equities were mixed at the close on Friday, as gains in the Basic Materials, Utilities and Telecoms sectors propelled shares higher while losses in the Consumer Services, Technology and Financials sectors led shares lower.
The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Caterpillar Inc (NYSE:CAT), which rose 0.80% or 0.64 points to trade at 80.70 at the close. General Electric Company (NYSE:GE) added 0.77% or 0.25 points to end at 32.88 and Boeing Company (NYSE:BA) was up 0.64% or 0.84 points to 132.39 in late trade.
Biggest losers included Nike Inc (NYSE:NKE), which lost 1.06% or 0.62 points to trade at 57.87 in late trade. Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE:GS) declined 0.55% or 0.90 points to end at 161.64 and Pfizer Inc (NYSE:PFE) shed 0.41% or 0.15 points to 36.77.
The top performers on the S&P 500 were WestRock Co (NYSE:WRK) which rose 5.72% to 42.51, International Paper Company (NYSE:IP) which was up 3.22% to settle at 45.47 and Biogen Inc (NASDAQ:BIIB) which gained 2.94% to close at 260.30.
The worst performers were CBS Corporation (NYSE:CBS) which was down 3.61% to 55.85 in late trade, Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc (NYSE:CMG) which lost 3.14% to settle at 404.86 and Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC) which was down 2.51% to 47.71 at the close.
The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Cinedigm Corp (NASDAQ:CIDM) which rose 77.06% to 1.5937, Ocean Power Technologies Inc (NASDAQ:OPTT) which was up 75.26% to settle at 8.290 and SkyPeople Fruit Juice Inc (NASDAQ:SPU) which gained 65.21% to close at 7.5500.
The worst performers were xG Technology Inc (NASDAQ:XGTI) which was down 43.87% to 0.5500 in late trade, CytRx Corporation (NASDAQ:CYTR) which lost 29.92% to settle at 0.630 and EnteroMedics Inc (NASDAQ:ETRM) which was down 26.67% to 0.2595 at the close.
Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1748 to 1510 and 45 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1394 rose and 1154 declined, while 86 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.
The CBOE Volatility Index, which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 2.11% to 12.55 a new 6-month low.
In commodities trading, Gold for August delivery was up 0.04% or 0.55 to $1332.75 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in August rose 0.63% or 0.29 to hit $45.97 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract rose 0.49% or 0.23 to trade at $47.60 a barrel.
EUR/USD was down 0.63% to 1.1051, while USD/JPY fell 0.19% to 105.18.
The US Dollar Index was up 0.54% at 96.62.
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