U.S. stocks lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.07%

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At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 0.07%, while the S&P 500 index declined 0.15%, and the NASDAQ Composite index declined 0.47%.

The best performers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ:WBA), which rose 4.82% or 1.73 points to trade at 37.64 at the close. Meanwhile, JPMorgan Chase & Co (NYSE:JPM) added 1.50% or 1.50 points to end at 101.72 and Nike Inc (NYSE:NKE) was up 1.05% or 1.34 points to 129.00 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Merck & Company Inc (NYSE:MRK), which fell 1.80% or 1.45 points to trade at 79.06 at the close. Salesforce.com Inc (NYSE:CRM) declined 1.57% or 4.11 points to end at 257.72 and Visa Inc Class A (NYSE:V) was down 1.31% or 2.65 points to 199.55.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Apache Corporation (NASDAQ:APA) which rose 6.09% to 9.76, Cimarex Energy Co (NYSE:XEC) which was up 5.35% to settle at 26.97 and The Charles Schwab Corporation (NYSE:SCHW) which gained 5.15% to close at 39.03.

The worst performers were Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:VRTX) which was down 20.70% to 215.28 in late trade, Boston Scientific Corp (NYSE:BSX) which lost 3.99% to settle at 39.00 and United Airlines Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:UAL) which was down 3.82% to 34.25 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Staffing 360 Solutions Inc (NASDAQ:STAF) which rose 67.94% to 1.3200, Dragon Victory International Ltd (NASDAQ:LYL) which was up 59.50% to settle at 1.930 and China HGS Real Estate Inc (NASDAQ:HGSH) which gained 50.07% to close at 1.5400.

The worst performers were Kaixin Auto Holdings (NASDAQ:KXIN) which was down 32.83% to 1.330 in late trade, VivoPower International PLC (NASDAQ:VVPR) which lost 21.85% to settle at 8.980 and Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:VRTX) which was down 20.70% to 215.28 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 1685 to 1377 and 91 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1640 rose and 1228 declined, while 91 ended unchanged.

Shares in Staffing 360 Solutions Inc (NASDAQ:STAF) rose to 52-week highs; gaining 67.94% or 0.5340 to 1.3200.

The CBOE Volatility Index, which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 2.16% to 26.97.

Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.29% or 5.55 to $1912.85 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in November fell 0.22% or 0.09 to hit $40.95 a barrel, while the December Brent oil contract fell 0.16% or 0.07 to trade at $43.05 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.01% to 1.1707, while USD/JPY fell 0.02% to 105.42.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.48% at 93.812.

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