U.S. stocks lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.01%

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At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 0.01%, while the S&P 500 index fell 0.41%, and the NASDAQ Composite index declined 0.96%.

The best performers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ:WBA), which rose 2.67% or 1.40 points to trade at 53.84 at the close. Meanwhile, The Travelers Companies Inc (NYSE:TRV) added 2.41% or 3.91 points to end at 166.24 and Honeywell International Inc (NASDAQ:HON) was up 2.34% or 4.93 points to 215.75 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Home Depot Inc (NYSE:HD), which fell 2.99% or 12.15 points to trade at 393.61 at the close. Nike Inc (NYSE:NKE) declined 2.53% or 4.07 points to end at 156.97 and UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH) was down 2.35% or 11.05 points to 458.60.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Discovery Inc Class A (NASDAQ:DISCA) which rose 16.87% to 30.06, Discovery Communications C Inc (NASDAQ:DISCK) which was up 16.80% to settle at 29.34 and ViacomCBS Inc (NASDAQ:VIAC) which gained 8.16% to close at 35.39.

The worst performers were DR Horton Inc (NYSE:DHI) which was down 6.17% to 95.24 in late trade, Etsy Inc (NASDAQ:ETSY) which lost 5.99% to settle at 185.15 and Xilinx Inc (NASDAQ:XLNX) which was down 5.38% to 193.07 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were China HGS Real Estate Inc (NASDAQ:HGSH) which rose 57.47% to 3.480, ATA Inc (NASDAQ:AACG) which was up 33.33% to settle at 2.640 and Marin Software Inc (NASDAQ:MRIN) which gained 31.30% to close at 4.53.

The worst performers were Siyata Mobile Inc (NASDAQ:SYTA) which was down 42.11% to 1.870 in late trade, Aehr Test Systems (NASDAQ:AEHR) which lost 21.44% to settle at 16.090 and Kura Sushi USA Inc (NASDAQ:KRUS) which was down 20.46% to 55.68 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 1671 to 1538 and 155 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 2150 fell and 1636 advanced, while 228 ended unchanged.

Shares in The Travelers Companies Inc (NYSE:TRV) rose to all time highs; gaining 2.41% or 3.91 to 166.24. Shares in China HGS Real Estate Inc (NASDAQ:HGSH) rose to 5-year highs; rising 57.47% or 1.270 to 3.480. Shares in Siyata Mobile Inc (NASDAQ:SYTA) fell to all time lows; losing 42.11% or 1.360 to 1.870.

The CBOE Volatility Index, which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 4.33% to 18.76.

Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.39% or 7.05 to $1796.25 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in February fell 0.72% or 0.57 to hit $78.89 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract fell 0.26% or 0.21 to trade at $81.78 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.62% to 1.1361, while USD/JPY fell 0.24% to 115.54.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.61% at 95.735.

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