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U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.16%

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Investing.com – U.S. equities were lower at the close on Friday, as losses in the Technology, Telecoms and Healthcare sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.16%, while the S&P 500 index declined 0.26%, and the NASDAQ Composite index fell 0.61%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Home Depot Inc (NYSE:HD), which rose 1.24% or 5.07 points to trade at 415.01 at the close. Walmart Inc (NYSE:WMT) added 1.06% or 1.52 points to end at 144.69 and Coca-Cola Co (NYSE:KO) was up 0.73% or 0.43 points to 59.21 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), which lost 0.88% or 3.00 points to trade at 336.32 in late trade. Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE:GS) declined 0.77% or 2.97 points to end at 382.55 and Johnson&Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) shed 0.72% or 1.24 points to 171.07.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Mohawk Industries Inc (NYSE:MHK) which rose 2.45% to 182.24, Ulta Beauty Inc (NASDAQ:ULTA) which was up 1.87% to settle at 412.34 and Rollins Inc (NYSE:ROL) which gained 1.69% to close at 34.21.

The worst performers were Discovery Inc Class A (NASDAQ:DISCA) which was down 3.76% to 23.53 in late trade, Discovery Communications C Inc (NASDAQ:DISCK) which lost 3.33% to settle at 22.90 and ViacomCBS Inc (NASDAQ:VIAC) which was down 3.02% to 30.18 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Nutriband Inc (NASDAQ:NTRB) which rose 157.80% to 10.08, Nymox Pharmaceutical Corp (NASDAQ:NYMX) which was up 36.19% to settle at 1.3000 and Ucloudlink Group Inc (NASDAQ:UCL) which gained 32.33% to close at 6.59.

The worst performers were Society Pass Inc (NASDAQ:SOPA) which was down 20.17% to 10.41 in late trade, Moxian Inc (NASDAQ:MOXC) which lost 17.82% to settle at 2.86 and Star Equity Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:STRR) which was down 16.12% to 2.550 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1943 to 1332 and 127 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 2111 fell and 1736 advanced, while 169 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index, which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 0.63% to 17.22.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.90% or 16.30 to $1830.40 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in February fell 2.13% or 1.64 to hit $75.35 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract fell 2.10% or 1.67 to trade at $77.86 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.42% to 1.1371, while USD/JPY rose 0.01% to 115.07.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.34% at 95.635.

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