U.S. stocks lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 4.44%

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At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 4.44%, while the S&P 500 index declined 4.41%, and the NASDAQ Composite index declined 4.41%.

The best performers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Walmart Inc (NYSE:WMT), which rose 0.46% or 0.52 points to trade at 114.14 at the close. Meanwhile, Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE:PG) fell 0.61% or 0.67 points to end at 109.33 and Exxon Mobil Corp (NYSE:XOM) was down 1.16% or 0.44 points to 37.53 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Boeing Co (NYSE:BA), which fell 12.36% or 18.44 points to trade at 130.70 at the close. American Express Company (NYSE:AXP) declined 9.08% or 7.77 points to end at 77.84 and Dow Inc (NYSE:DOW) was down 7.52% or 2.20 points to 27.04.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Newmont Goldcorp Corp (NYSE:NEM) which rose 2.63% to 46.47, Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) which was up 2.47% to settle at 95.27 and Kellogg Company (NYSE:K) which gained 1.83% to close at 61.09.

The worst performers were Carnival Corporation (NYSE:CCL) which was down 33.18% to 8.80 in late trade, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (NYSE:RCL) which lost 19.89% to settle at 25.77 and United Airlines Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:UAL) which was down 18.70% to 25.65 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Diffusion Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:DFFN) which rose 61.09% to 0.5100, InflaRx N.V. (NASDAQ:IFRX) which was up 50.00% to settle at 5.73 and Dynatronics Corporation (NASDAQ:DYNT) which gained 47.05% to close at 1.270.

The worst performers were Akorn Inc (NASDAQ:AKRX) which was down 64.49% to 0.199 in late trade, Vivus Inc (NASDAQ:VVUS) which lost 59.17% to settle at 1.470 and SG Blocks Inc (NASDAQ:SGBX) which was down 39.57% to 5.6200 at the close.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 2673 to 240 and 18 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 2384 fell and 315 advanced, while 35 ended unchanged.

Shares in Carnival Corporation (NYSE:CCL) fell to 5-year lows; losing 33.18% or 4.37 to 8.80. Shares in Akorn Inc (NASDAQ:AKRX) fell to all time lows; falling 64.49% or 0.362 to 0.199.

The CBOE Volatility Index, which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 6.57% to 57.06.

Gold Futures for June delivery was up 0.42% or 6.75 to $1603.35 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in May rose 3.47% or 0.71 to hit $21.19 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract fell 0.23% or 0.06 to trade at $25.55 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.09% to 1.0952, while USD/JPY fell 0.07% to 107.08.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.47% at 99.555.

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