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© Reuters U.S. stocks lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.47%

Investing.com – U.S. stocks were lower after the close on Thursday, as losses in the , and sectors led shares lower.

At the close in NYSE, the fell 0.47%, while the index declined 0.10%, and the index lost 0.13%.

The best performers of the session on the were The Travelers Companies Inc (NYSE:), which rose 1.60% or 2.56 points to trade at 162.33 at the close. Meanwhile, Walt Disney Company (NYSE:) added 1.10% or 1.71 points to end at 156.90 and JPMorgan Chase & Co (NYSE:) was up 1.06% or 1.74 points to 165.52 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:), which fell 4.09% or 20.04 points to trade at 469.65 at the close. Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ:) declined 2.89% or 1.56 points to end at 52.44 and International Business Machines (NYSE:) was down 2.08% or 2.88 points to 135.34.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were SVB Financial Group (NASDAQ:) which rose 7.53% to 733.29, Lamb Weston Holdings Inc (NYSE:) which was up 7.45% to settle at 67.82 and Citizens Financial Group Inc (NYSE:) which gained 5.55% to close at 53.81.

The worst performers were Humana Inc (NYSE:) which was down 19.37% to 367.53 in late trade, Bath Body Works Inc (NYSE:) which lost 6.40% to settle at 62.34 and Nucor Corp (NYSE:) which was down 4.99% to 116.60 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Eargo Inc (NASDAQ:) which rose 59.65% to 7.28, Alterity Therapeutics Ltd (NASDAQ:) which was up 33.85% to settle at 1.1100 and China Natural Resources Inc (NASDAQ:) which gained 27.79% to close at 0.8600.

The worst performers were Dogness International Corp Class A (NASDAQ:) which was down 61.90% to 3.3300 in late trade, Aligos Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:) which lost 56.74% to settle at 4.59 and Berkeley Lights Inc (NASDAQ:) which was down 39.27% to 9.88 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 1779 to 1451 and 149 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1962 fell and 1858 advanced, while 210 ended unchanged.

Shares in Humana Inc (NYSE:) fell to 52-week lows; falling 19.37% or 88.30 to 367.53. Shares in Citizens Financial Group Inc (NYSE:) rose to all time highs; up 5.55% or 2.83 to 53.81. Shares in Aligos Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:) fell to all time lows; falling 56.74% or 6.02 to 4.59. Shares in Berkeley Lights Inc (NASDAQ:) fell to all time lows; down 39.27% or 6.39 to 9.88.

The , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 0.61% to 19.61.

Gold Futures for February delivery was down 1.88% or 34.30 to $1790.80 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in February rose 2.34% or 1.82 to hit $79.67 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract rose 0.01% or 0.01 to trade at $82.07 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.05% to 1.1297, while USD/JPY rose 0.03% to 115.85.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.07% at 96.245.

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