The best performers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Merck & Company Inc (NYSE:MRK), which rose 0.22% or 0.19 points to trade at 85.71 at the close. Meanwhile, Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) fell 0.11% or 0.14 points to end at 131.90 and Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE:VZ) was down 0.20% or 0.11 points to 55.67 in late trade.
The worst performers of the session were Pfizer Inc (NYSE:PFE), which fell 2.64% or 0.96 points to trade at 35.39 at the close. Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE:GS) declined 2.63% or 5.45 points to end at 201.45 and United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX) was down 2.45% or 3.22 points to 128.02.
The top performers on the S&P 500 were Amgen Inc (NASDAQ:AMGN) which rose 4.86% to 205.78, CenturyLink Inc (NYSE:CTL) which was up 4.17% to settle at 11.23 and Sysco Corporation (NYSE:SYY) which gained 3.17% to close at 72.21.
The worst performers were Nektar Therapeutics (NASDAQ:NKTR) which was down 11.19% to 18.58 in late trade, Mosaic Co (NYSE:MOS) which lost 8.19% to settle at 20.75 and Corteva Inc (NYSE:CTVA) which was down 6.51% to 29.5700 at the close.
The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Yangtze River Port and Logistics Ltd (NASDAQ:YRIV) which rose 80.42% to 1.29, Arcadia Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ:RKDA) which was up 53.66% to settle at 6.930 and Cellect Biotechnology Ltd (NASDAQ:APOP) which gained 39.76% to close at 0.58.
The worst performers were Grupo Financiero Galicia SA ADR (NASDAQ:GGAL) which was down 56.12% to 16.7500 in late trade, MMTEC Inc (NASDAQ:MTC) which lost 49.14% to settle at 2.70 and Cresud SACIF y A (NASDAQ:CRESY) which was down 38.09% to 6.16 at the close.
Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 2103 to 900 and 24 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1768 fell and 892 advanced, while 86 ended unchanged.
Shares in Nektar Therapeutics (NASDAQ:NKTR) fell to 52-week lows; losing 11.19% or 2.34 to 18.58. Shares in Mosaic Co (NYSE:MOS) fell to 52-week lows; down 8.19% or 1.85 to 20.75. Shares in Pfizer Inc (NYSE:PFE) fell to 52-week lows; losing 2.64% or 0.96 to 35.39. Shares in Grupo Financiero Galicia SA ADR (NASDAQ:GGAL) fell to 3-years lows; falling 56.12% or 21.4200 to 16.7500. Shares in MMTEC Inc (NASDAQ:MTC) fell to all time lows; down 49.14% or 2.61 to 2.70. Shares in Cresud SACIF y A (NASDAQ:CRESY) fell to 5-year lows; down 38.09% or 3.79 to 6.16.
The CBOE Volatility Index, which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 17.36% to 21.09.
Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.92% or 13.90 to $1522.40 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in September rose 0.48% or 0.26 to hit $54.76 a barrel, while the October Brent oil contract fell 0.21% or 0.12 to trade at $58.33 a barrel.
EUR/USD was up 0.02% to 1.1215, while USD/JPY fell 0.06% to 105.22.
The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.10% at 97.225.
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