U.S. stocks mixed at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.29%

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At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 0.29%, while the S&P 500 index lost 0.20%, and the NASDAQ Composite index added 0.27%.

The best performers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL), which rose 1.77% or 8.00 points to trade at 460.04 at the close. Meanwhile, Nike Inc (NYSE:NKE) added 1.24% or 1.30 points to end at 106.52 and Merck & Company Inc (NYSE:MRK) was up 1.04% or 0.86 points to 83.54 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Cisco Systems Inc (NASDAQ:CSCO), which fell 11.19% or 5.38 points to trade at 42.72 at the close. Exxon Mobil Corp (NYSE:XOM) declined 2.45% or 1.08 points to end at 43.01 and Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ:WBA) was down 1.96% or 0.82 points to 41.00.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Harley-Davidson Inc (NYSE:HOG) which rose 3.79% to 28.21, Keysight Technologies Inc (NYSE:KEYS) which was up 3.65% to settle at 103.20 and The AES Corporation (NYSE:AES) which gained 3.07% to close at 17.79.

The worst performers were Cisco Systems Inc (NASDAQ:CSCO) which was down 11.19% to 42.72 in late trade, HollyFrontier Corporation (NYSE:HFC) which lost 6.25% to settle at 25.52 and Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co (NYSE:HPE) which was down 5.23% to 9.61 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Hexindai Inc (NASDAQ:HX) which rose 296.74% to 2.4800, FAT Brands Inc (NASDAQ:FAT) which was up 98.58% to settle at 7.01 and GrowGeneration Corp (NASDAQ:GRWG) which gained 42.69% to close at 12.50.

The worst performers were Stein Mart Inc (NASDAQ:SMRT) which was down 32.27% to 0.1230 in late trade, Ricebran Tech (NASDAQ:RIBT) which lost 29.04% to settle at 0.582 and LM Funding America Inc (NASDAQ:LMFA) which was down 26.71% to 1.0700 at the close.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 1793 to 1263 and 79 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1489 fell and 1279 advanced, while 83 ended unchanged.

Shares in Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) rose to all time highs; up 1.77% or 8.00 to 460.04. Shares in Nike Inc (NYSE:NKE) rose to all time highs; rising 1.24% or 1.30 to 106.52. Shares in Hexindai Inc (NASDAQ:HX) rose to 52-week highs; up 296.74% or 1.8549 to 2.4800. Shares in Stein Mart Inc (NASDAQ:SMRT) fell to all time lows; down 32.27% or 0.0586 to 0.1230. Shares in FAT Brands Inc (NASDAQ:FAT) rose to 52-week highs; up 98.58% or 3.48 to 7.01. Shares in GrowGeneration Corp (NASDAQ:GRWG) rose to all time highs; up 42.69% or 3.74 to 12.50.

The CBOE Volatility Index, which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 0.67% to 22.13 a new 3-months low.

Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.72% or 14.10 to $1963.10 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in September fell 0.77% or 0.33 to hit $42.34 a barrel, while the October Brent oil contract fell 0.02% or 0.01 to trade at $45.05 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.03% to 1.1816, while USD/JPY unchanged 0.00% to 106.92.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.18% at 93.237.