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U.S. stocks lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.35%

August 18, 2017

U.S. stocks were lower after the close on Friday, as losses in the Telecoms, Consumer Goods and Healthcare sectors led shares lower.


At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 0.35%, while the S&P 500 index lost 0.18%, and the NASDAQ Composite index lost 0.09%.


The best performers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Caterpillar Inc (NYSE:CAT), which rose 0.69% or 0.78 points to trade at 113.92 at the close. Meanwhile, Chevron Corporation (NYSE:CVX) added 0.53% or 0.56 points to end at 106.48 and Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) was up 0.50% or 0.38 points to 76.64 in late trade.


The worst performers of the session were Nike Inc (NYSE:NKE), which fell 4.37% or 2.51 points to trade at 54.95 at the close. Cisco Systems Inc (NASDAQ:CSCO) declined 2.16% or 0.67 points to end at 30.37 and Home Depot Inc (NYSE:HD) was down 1.46% or 2.18 points to 147.49.


The top performers on the S&P 500 were Ross Stores Inc (NASDAQ:ROST) which rose 10.67% to 59.02, Estee Lauder Companies Inc (NYSE:EL) which was up 7.73% to settle at 105.92 and Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE:SWN) which gained 2.92% to close at 5.28.


The worst performers were Foot Locker Inc (NYSE:FL) which was down 27.92% to 34.38 in late trade, Deere&Company (NYSE:DE) which lost 5.38% to settle at 117.31 and Nike Inc (NYSE:NKE) which was down 4.37% to 54.95 at the close.


The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were root9B Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:RTNB) which rose 80.00% to 1.0800, FalconStor Software Inc (NASDAQ:FALC) which was up 33.51% to settle at 0.247 and Sportsmans (NASDAQ:SPWH) which gained 25.43% to close at 4.34.


The worst performers were Roka Bioscience Inc (NASDAQ:ROKA) which was down 25.77% to 1.4900 in late trade, Pacific Special Acquisition Corp (NASDAQ:PAAC) which lost 23.20% to settle at 7.45 and Valeritas Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:VLRX) which was down 13.54% to 3.58 at the close.


Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 1634 to 1424 and 157 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1273 rose and 1206 declined, while 154 ended unchanged.


Shares in Foot Locker Inc (NYSE:FL) fell to 3-years lows; falling 27.92% or 13.32 to 34.38. Shares in Estee Lauder Companies Inc (NYSE:EL) rose to all time highs; up 7.73% or 7.60 to 105.92. Shares in Roka Bioscience Inc (NASDAQ:ROKA) fell to 52-week lows; falling 25.77% or 0.5173 to 1.4900.


Shares in Pacific Special Acquisition Corp (NASDAQ:PAAC) fell to all time lows; down 23.20% or 2.25 to 7.45. Shares in Valeritas Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:VLRX) fell to all time lows; losing 13.54% or 0.56 to 3.58.


The CBOE Volatility Index, which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 8.30% to 14.26.


Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.06% or 0.83 to $1291.57 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in September rose 3.33% or 1.57 to hit $48.66 a barrel, while the October Brent oil contract rose 3.55% or 1.81 to trade at $52.84 a barrel.


EUR/USD was up 0.34% to 1.1763, while USD/JPY fell 0.36% to 109.18.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.34% at 93.32.

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