U.S. stocks lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 4.42%

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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 declined 4.42% to hit a new 6-months low, while the index lost 4.42%, and the index lost 4.61%.

The best performers of the session on the were 3M Company (NYSE:), which rose 0.81% or 1.20 points to trade at 150.16 at the close. Meanwhile, Pfizer Inc (NYSE:) fell 1.79% or 0.62 points to end at 34.10 and Merck & Company Inc (NYSE:) was down 2.33% or 1.86 points to 78.08 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:), which fell 7.05% or 11.99 points to trade at 158.18 at the close. Dow Inc (NYSE:) declined 6.61% or 2.80 points to end at 39.55 and Apple Inc (NASDAQ:) was down 6.54% or 19.13 points to 273.52.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Quanta Services Inc (NYSE:) which rose 6.31% to 39.42, Apache Corporation (NYSE:) which was up 2.62% to settle at 25.07 and Hanesbrands Inc (NYSE:) which gained 1.50% to close at 12.86.

The worst performers were FLIR Systems Inc (NASDAQ:) which was down 17.87% to 44.42 in late trade, Perrigo Company PLC (NYSE:) which lost 14.27% to settle at 51.82 and Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc (NYSE:) which was down 10.83% to 755.55 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Allied Healthcare Products Inc (NASDAQ:) which rose 321.74% to 15.520, Tonix Pharmaceuticals Holding Corp (NASDAQ:) which was up 92.22% to settle at 1.730 and Co-Diagnostics Inc (NASDAQ:) which gained 79.33% to close at 15.960.

The worst performers were Nutanix Inc (NASDAQ:) which was down 28.59% to 23.30 in late trade, Priority Technology Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:) which lost 27.93% to settle at 1.600 and Cocrystal Pharma Inc (NASDAQ:) which was down 27.68% to 1.2800 at the close.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 2605 to 284 and 27 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 2319 fell and 383 advanced, while 40 ended unchanged.

Shares in FLIR Systems Inc (NASDAQ:) fell to 52-week lows; down 17.87% or 9.66 to 44.42. Shares in Dow Inc (NYSE:) fell to 3-years lows; losing 6.61% or 2.80 to 39.55. Shares in Allied Healthcare Products Inc (NASDAQ:) rose to 5-year highs; gaining 321.74% or 11.840 to 15.520. Shares in Priority Technology Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:) fell to all time lows; down 27.93% or 0.620 to 1.600. Shares in Co-Diagnostics Inc (NASDAQ:) rose to all time highs; gaining 79.33% or 7.060 to 15.960.

The , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 42.09% to 39.16 a new 3-years high.

Gold Futures for April delivery was up 0.19% or 3.20 to $1646.30 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in April fell 4.99% or 2.43 to hit $46.30 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract fell 0.22% or 0.11 to trade at $50.91 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.05% to 1.1004, while USD/JPY fell 0.00% to 109.58.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.57% at 98.375.

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