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U.S. stocks mixed at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.36%

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At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 0.36%, while the S&P 500 index declined 0.08%, and the NASDAQ Composite index climbed 0.49%.

The best performers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), which rose 1.22% or 3.05 points to trade at 253.84 at the close. Meanwhile, Boeing Co (NYSE:BA) added 1.06% or 2.65 points to end at 252.57 and American Express Company (NYSE:AXP) was up 0.58% or 0.95 points to 165.95 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Merck & Company Inc (NYSE:MRK), which fell 1.78% or 1.32 points to trade at 72.79 at the close. Caterpillar Inc (NYSE:CAT) declined 1.76% or 4.30 points to end at 239.72 and Dow Inc (NYSE:DOW) was down 1.59% or 1.12 points to 69.25.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Biogen Inc (NASDAQ:BIIB) which rose 38.33% to 395.82, Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE:LLY) which was up 10.15% to settle at 222.53 and Cardinal Health Inc (NYSE:CAH) which gained 4.15% to close at 58.91.

The worst performers were United Rentals Inc (NYSE:URI) which was down 4.87% to 315.91 in late trade, Progressive Corp (NYSE:PGR) which lost 3.96% to settle at 96.39 and Nektar Therapeutics (NASDAQ:NKTR) which was down 3.39% to 16.55 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were EXFO Inc (NASDAQ:EXFO) which rose 60.27% to 5.93, Nextdecade Corp (NASDAQ:NEXT) which was up 42.62% to settle at 3.48 and Biogen Inc (NASDAQ:BIIB) which gained 38.33% to close at 395.82.

The worst performers were PDS Biotechnology Corp (NASDAQ:PDSB) which was down 26.53% to 9.390 in late trade, Hookipa Pharma Inc (NASDAQ:HOOK) which lost 24.32% to settle at 12.76 and MoSys Inc (NASDAQ:MOSY) which was down 22.28% to 7.080 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 1792 to 1398 and 124 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 2215 rose and 1163 declined, while 108 ended unchanged.

Shares in Biogen Inc (NASDAQ:BIIB) rose to 5-year highs; up 38.33% or 109.68 to 395.82. Shares in Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE:LLY) rose to all time highs; gaining 10.15% or 20.51 to 222.53. Shares in American Express Company (NYSE:AXP) rose to all time highs; up 0.58% or 0.95 to 165.95. Shares in EXFO Inc (NASDAQ:EXFO) rose to 3-years highs; gaining 60.27% or 2.23 to 5.93. Shares in Biogen Inc (NASDAQ:BIIB) rose to 5-year highs; gaining 38.33% or 109.68 to 395.82.

The CBOE Volatility Index, which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was unchanged 0.00% to 16.42 a new 1-month low.

Gold Futures for August delivery was up 0.52% or 9.80 to $1901.80 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in July fell 0.57% or 0.40 to hit $69.22 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract fell 0.60% or 0.43 to trade at $71.46 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.21% to 1.2191, while USD/JPY fell 0.20% to 109.27.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.18% at 89.972.

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