The best performers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE:VZ), which rose 1.28% or 0.69 points to trade at 54.65 at the close. Meanwhile, Merck & Company Inc (NYSE:MRK) added 0.54% or 0.39 points to end at 72.21 and Exxon Mobil Corp (NYSE:XOM) was up 0.43% or 0.35 points to 81.85 in late trade.
The worst performers of the session were Caterpillar Inc (NYSE:CAT), which fell 3.92% or 5.54 points to trade at 135.80 at the close. International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM) declined 2.61% or 3.50 points to end at 130.55 and Home Depot Inc (NYSE:HD) was down 2.55% or 4.73 points to 180.44.
The top performers on the S&P 500 were Genuine Parts Co (NYSE:GPC) which rose 5.97% to 100.82, Alliance Data Systems Corp (NYSE:ADS) which was up 5.51% to settle at 223.11 and Philip Morris International Inc (NYSE:PM) which gained 3.50% to close at 87.52.
The worst performers were United Rentals Inc (NYSE:URI) which was down 15.04% to 118.13 in late trade, Textron Inc (NYSE:TXT) which lost 11.25% to settle at 57.49 and Snap-On Incorporated (NYSE:SNA) which was down 9.61% to 151.47 at the close.
The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Proteostasis Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:PTI) which rose 447.62% to 10.35, China Ceramics Co Ltd (NASDAQ:CCCL) which was up 105.03% to settle at 3.6700 and Endocyte Inc (NASDAQ:ECYT) which gained 50.29% to close at 23.385.
The worst performers were Auris Medical Holding AG (NASDAQ:EARS) which was down 27.35% to 0.850 in late trade, LM Funding America Inc (NASDAQ:LMFA) which lost 23.75% to settle at 3.21 and CDTi Advanced Materials Inc (NASDAQ:CDTI) which was down 23.26% to 1.7114 at the close.
Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 2371 to 705 and 84 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1995 fell and 636 advanced, while 79 ended unchanged.
Shares in United Rentals Inc (NYSE:URI) fell to 52-week lows; losing 15.04% or 20.91 to 118.13. Shares in International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM) fell to 52-week lows; falling 2.61% or 3.50 to 130.55. Shares in Proteostasis Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:PTI) rose to 52-week highs; up 447.62% or 8.46 to 10.35. Shares in China Ceramics Co Ltd (NASDAQ:CCCL) rose to 52-week highs; up 105.03% or 1.8800 to 3.6700. Shares in LM Funding America Inc (NASDAQ:LMFA) fell to all time lows; losing 23.75% or 1.00 to 3.21. Shares in Endocyte Inc (NASDAQ:ECYT) rose to 3-years highs; up 50.29% or 7.825 to 23.385.
The CBOE Volatility Index, which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 15.29% to 20.06.
Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.12% or 1.50 to $1228.90 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in November fell 1.49% or 1.04 to hit $68.71 a barrel, while the December Brent oil contract fell 0.86% or 0.69 to trade at $79.36 a barrel.
EUR/USD was down 0.39% to 1.1457, while USD/JPY fell 0.43% to 112.19.
The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.36% at 95.69.
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