U.S. stocks mixed at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.15%

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At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 0.15%, while the S&P 500 index added 0.06%, and the NASDAQ Composite index added 0.33%.

The best performers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE:PG), which rose 1.14% or 1.35 points to trade at 119.28 at the close. Meanwhile, The Travelers Companies Inc (NYSE:TRV) added 1.07% or 1.23 points to end at 116.05 and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) was up 1.07% or 2.08 points to 196.32 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were American Express Company (NYSE:AXP), which fell 1.73% or 1.80 points to trade at 102.16 at the close. Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE:GS) declined 1.14% or 2.35 points to end at 203.84 and Pfizer Inc (NYSE:PFE) was down 0.95% or 0.32 points to 33.24.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were ViacomCBS Inc (NASDAQ:VIAC) which rose 5.15% to 24.50, HollyFrontier Corporation (NYSE:HFC) which was up 4.90% to settle at 32.56 and Phillips 66 (NYSE:PSX) which gained 4.61% to close at 76.24.

The worst performers were Biogen Inc (NASDAQ:BIIB) which was down 7.52% to 260.30 in late trade, Ross Stores Inc (NASDAQ:ROST) which lost 4.45% to settle at 92.38 and Alliance Data Systems Corp (NYSE:ADS) which was down 3.58% to 48.78 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Alpine Immune Sciences Inc (NASDAQ:ALPN) which rose 134.98% to 10.95, Urban One Inc Bats (NASDAQ:UONE) which was up 96.70% to settle at 25.000 and Aethlon Medical Inc (NASDAQ:AEMD) which gained 89.36% to close at 2.670.

The worst performers were Globus Maritime Ltd (NASDAQ:GLBS) which was down 40.31% to 0.3820 in late trade, Atlantic American Corporation (NASDAQ:AAME) which lost 33.21% to settle at 1.850 and Arts-Way Manufacturing Co Inc (NASDAQ:ARTW) which was down 32.83% to 2.680 at the close.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 1648 to 1200 and 84 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1356 fell and 1336 advanced, while 57 ended unchanged.

Shares in Alpine Immune Sciences Inc (NASDAQ:ALPN) rose to 52-week highs; rising 134.98% or 6.29 to 10.95.

The CBOE Volatility Index, which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 1.58% to 32.94.

Gold Futures for August delivery was down 0.33% or 5.75 to $1729.85 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in July rose 2.32% or 0.88 to hit $38.84 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract fell 0.07% or 0.03 to trade at $41.46 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.03% to 1.1205, while USD/JPY rose 0.01% to 106.97.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.29% at 97.425.

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