U.S. stocks mixed at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.64%

Investing.com – U.S. stocks were mixed after the close on Thursday, as gains in the Basic Materials, Oil&Gas and Consumer Services sectors led shares higher while losses in the Utilities, Healthcare and Technology sectors led shares lower.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 0.64% to hit a new 3-months high, while the S&P 500 index added 0.21%, and the NASDAQ Composite index lost 0.05%.

The best performers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Dow Inc (NYSE:DOW), which rose 4.98% or 2.83 points to trade at 59.71 at the close. Meanwhile, Boeing Co (NYSE:BA) added 2.89% or 11.12 points to end at 395.86 and Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) was up 1.98% or 2.23 points to 114.75 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Merck&Company Inc (NYSE:MRK), which fell 1.60% or 1.33 points to trade at 81.85 at the close. Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ:WBA) declined 1.26% or 0.69 points to end at 54.15 and Johnson&Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) was down 1.17% or 1.60 points to 135.57.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Constellation Brands Inc Class A (NYSE:STZ) which rose 6.54% to 191.45, Macy’s Inc (NYSE:M) which was up 5.61% to settle at 25.99 and Capri Holdings Ltd (NYSE:CPRI) which gained 5.03% to close at 49.31.

The worst performers were FirstEnergy Corporation (NYSE:FE) which was down 4.02% to 39.44 in late trade, Salesforce.com Inc (NYSE:CRM) which lost 2.52% to settle at 158.52 and Citrix Systems Inc (NASDAQ:CTXS) which was down 2.41% to 100.01 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Fusion Telecommunications International Inc (NASDAQ:FSNN) which rose 56.83% to 0.345, Shineco Inc (NASDAQ:TYHT) which was up 44.95% to settle at 1.58 and Yangtze River Port and Logistics Ltd (NASDAQ:YRIV) which gained 41.59% to close at 1.60.

The worst performers were Ocean Power Technologies Inc (NASDAQ:OPTT) which was down 59.02% to 3.180 in late trade, Pluristem Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:PSTI) which lost 32.75% to settle at 0.5790 and AVEO Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:AVEO) which was down 29.02% to 0.9298 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 1902 to 1062 and 127 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1481 rose and 1149 declined, while 88 ended unchanged.

Shares in Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ:WBA) fell to 5-year lows; losing 1.26% or 0.69 to 54.15. Shares in Ocean Power Technologies Inc (NASDAQ:OPTT) fell to 52-week lows; down 59.02% or 4.580 to 3.180. Shares in Pluristem Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:PSTI) fell to 5-year lows; losing 32.75% or 0.2820 to 0.5790.

The CBOE Volatility Index, which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 1.16% to 13.58.

Gold Futures for June delivery was up 0.09% or 1.15 to $1296.45 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in May fell 0.43% or 0.27 to hit $62.19 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract unchanged 0.00% or 0.00 to trade at $69.28 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.00% to 1.1220, while USD/JPY fell 0.02% to 111.63.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.27% at 96.925.