U.S. stocks mixed at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.71%

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At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 0.71%, while the S&P 500 index fell 0.06%, and the NASDAQ Composite index climbed 0.76%.

The best performers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Home Depot Inc (NYSE:HD), which rose 2.10% or 5.94 points to trade at 289.10 at the close. Meanwhile, Walmart Inc (NYSE:WMT) added 1.33% or 1.73 points to end at 131.74 and Salesforce.com Inc (NYSE:CRM) was up 1.30% or 2.72 points to 212.20 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Visa Inc Class A (NYSE:V), which fell 6.24% or 13.76 points to trade at 206.90 at the close. The Travelers Companies Inc (NYSE:TRV) declined 4.80% or 7.53 points to end at 149.30 and Nike Inc (NYSE:NKE) was down 3.97% or 5.68 points to 137.49.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were FedEx Corporation (NYSE:FDX) which rose 6.10% to 279.58, Occidental Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:OXY) which was up 5.56% to settle at 28.10 and Dollar General Corporation (NYSE:DG) which gained 5.02% to close at 187.78.

The worst performers were Visa Inc Class A (NYSE:V) which was down 6.24% to 206.90 in late trade, Chubb Ltd (NYSE:CB) which lost 5.29% to settle at 159.23 and The Travelers Companies Inc (NYSE:TRV) which was down 4.80% to 149.30 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Supercom Lt (NASDAQ:SPCB) which rose 54.48% to 2.2400, Clovis Oncology Inc (NASDAQ:CLVS) which was up 47.74% to settle at 7.86 and Hall of Fame Resort Entertainment Co (NASDAQ:HOFV) which gained 46.52% to close at 4.00.

The worst performers were Idera Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:IDRA) which was down 62.00% to 1.980 in late trade, Nuzee Inc (NASDAQ:NUZE) which lost 21.37% to settle at 4.01 and Wisekey International Holding AG (NASDAQ:WKEY) which was down 17.48% to 10.81 at the close.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 0 to 0; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 0 fell and 0 advanced.

Shares in Nuzee Inc (NASDAQ:NUZE) fell to 52-week lows; down 21.37% or 1.09 to 4.01.

The CBOE Volatility Index, which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 2.92% to 20.95.

Gold Futures for April delivery was up 0.66% or 11.40 to $1743.90 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in April rose 2.43% or 1.46 to hit $61.46 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract rose 2.01% or 1.27 to trade at $64.55 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.09% to 1.1904, while USD/JPY unchanged 0.00% to 108.88.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.10% at 91.958.

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