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U.S. stocks lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 1.23%

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Investing.com – U.S. stocks were lower after the close on Monday, as losses in the Basic Materials, Industrials and Financials sectors led shares lower.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 1.23%, while the S&P 500 index declined 1.14%, and the NASDAQ Composite index fell 1.24%.

The best performers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Merck&Company Inc (NYSE:MRK), which rose 0.95% or 0.72 points to trade at 76.41 at the close. Meanwhile, Home Depot Inc (NYSE:HD) added 0.37% or 1.42 points to end at 389.40 and Walmart Inc (NYSE:WMT) was up 0.32% or 0.45 points to 139.20 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were The Travelers Companies Inc (NYSE:TRV), which fell 2.95% or 4.66 points to trade at 153.53 at the close. Caterpillar Inc (NYSE:CAT) declined 2.93% or 5.91 points to end at 195.46 and Nike Inc (NYSE:NKE) was down 2.71% or 4.38 points to 156.98.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Carnival Corporation (NYSE:CCL) which rose 3.39% to 18.90, Pfizer Inc (NYSE:PFE) which was up 2.59% to settle at 61.02 and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd (NYSE:NCLH) which gained 2.12% to close at 20.76.

The worst performers were Principal Financial Group Inc (NASDAQ:PFG) which was down 6.59% to 66.92 in late trade, Moderna Inc (NASDAQ:MRNA) which lost 6.25% to settle at 276.38 and Nucor Corp (NYSE:NUE) which was down 5.82% to 111.13 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Society Pass Inc (NASDAQ:SOPA) which rose 240.18% to 11.26, SeaChange International Inc (NASDAQ:SEAC) which was up 36.36% to settle at 2.1000 and Aeroclean Technologies LLC (NASDAQ:AERC) which gained 33.69% to close at 11.31.

The worst performers were Summit Therapeutics PLC (NASDAQ:SMMT) which was down 47.99% to 2.590 in late trade, Insignia Systems Inc (NASDAQ:ISIG) which lost 35.06% to settle at 11.500 and Nutriband Inc (NASDAQ:NTRB) which was down 23.60% to 3.14 at the close.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 2617 to 655 and 118 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 2743 fell and 1098 advanced, while 183 ended unchanged.

Shares in Summit Therapeutics PLC (NASDAQ:SMMT) fell to 52-week lows; down 47.99% or 2.390 to 2.590. Shares in SeaChange International Inc (NASDAQ:SEAC) rose to 52-week highs; gaining 36.36% or 0.5600 to 2.1000. Shares in Nutriband Inc (NASDAQ:NTRB) fell to all time lows; falling 23.60% or 0.97 to 3.14.

The CBOE Volatility Index, which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 6.03% to 22.87.

Gold Futures for February delivery was down 0.75% or 13.45 to $1791.45 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in January fell 2.38% or 1.69 to hit $69.17 a barrel, while the February Brent oil contract fell 0.08% or 0.06 to trade at $72.06 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.04% to 1.1280, while USD/JPY rose 0.02% to 113.61.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.03% at 96.515.

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