U.S. stocks mixed at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.17%

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At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.17%, while the S&P 500 index climbed 0.38%, and the NASDAQ Composite index added 0.45%.

The best performers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL), which rose 2.85% or 4.38 points to trade at 157.87 at the close. Meanwhile, Home Depot Inc (NYSE:HD) added 2.79% or 11.00 points to end at 405.85 and Walmart Inc (NYSE:WMT) was up 0.86% or 1.22 points to 143.16 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Cisco Systems Inc (NASDAQ:CSCO), which fell 5.51% or 3.13 points to trade at 53.63 at the close. American Express Company (NYSE:AXP) declined 1.89% or 3.40 points to end at 176.21 and 3M Company (NYSE:MMM) was down 1.70% or 3.09 points to 178.77.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Macy’s Inc (NYSE:M) which rose 21.17% to 37.37, Kohls Corp (NYSE:KSS) which was up 10.62% to settle at 62.48 and NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA) which gained 8.25% to close at 316.75.

The worst performers were Helmerich and Payne Inc (NYSE:HP) which was down 16.48% to 26.16 in late trade, Nektar Therapeutics (NASDAQ:NKTR) which lost 8.48% to settle at 11.76 and Cisco Systems Inc (NASDAQ:CSCO) which was down 5.51% to 53.63 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Longeveron LLC (NASDAQ:LGVN) which rose 135.62% to 6.880, Dicerna Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:DRNA) which was up 78.71% to settle at 38.03 and Virtuoso Acquisition Corp (NASDAQ:VOSO) which gained 44.44% to close at 14.560.

The worst performers were Amtech Systems Inc (NASDAQ:ASYS) which was down 26.61% to 11.200 in late trade, Femasys Inc (NASDAQ:FEMY) which lost 22.39% to settle at 4.99 and Gracell Biotechnologies Inc. (NASDAQ:GRCL) which was down 22.03% to 8.99 at the close.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 2155 to 1099 and 121 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 2613 fell and 1129 advanced, while 171 ended unchanged.

Shares in Macy’s Inc (NYSE:M) rose to 3-years highs; rising 21.17% or 6.53 to 37.37. Shares in Nektar Therapeutics (NASDAQ:NKTR) fell to 3-years lows; losing 8.48% or 1.09 to 11.76. Shares in NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA) rose to all time highs; up 8.25% or 24.14 to 316.75. Shares in Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) rose to all time highs; up 2.85% or 4.38 to 157.87. Shares in Home Depot Inc (NYSE:HD) rose to all time highs; up 2.79% or 11.00 to 405.85. Shares in Femasys Inc (NASDAQ:FEMY) fell to all time lows; losing 22.39% or 1.44 to 4.99. Shares in Virtuoso Acquisition Corp (NASDAQ:VOSO) rose to all time highs; up 44.44% or 4.480 to 14.560. Shares in Gracell Biotechnologies Inc. (NASDAQ:GRCL) fell to all time lows; falling 22.03% or 2.54 to 8.99.

The CBOE Volatility Index, which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 2.81% to 17.59.

Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.45% or 8.45 to $1861.75 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in January rose 0.99% or 0.77 to hit $78.32 a barrel, while the January Brent oil contract rose 1.03% or 0.83 to trade at $81.11 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.46% to 1.1371, while USD/JPY rose 0.15% to 114.25.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.30% at 95.537.