The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE:VZ), which rose 1.26% or 0.67 points to trade at 53.64 at the close. Chevron Corporation (NYSE:CVX) added 0.54% or 0.64 points to end at 118.55 and Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) was up 0.38% or 0.34 points to 90.62 in late trade.
Biggest losers included Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE:WMT), which lost 2.70% or 1.93 points to trade at 69.31 in late trade. Home Depot Inc (NYSE:HD) declined 1.07% or 1.46 points to end at 135.37 and Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) shed 1.05% or 1.23 points to 115.83.
The top performers on the S&P 500 were Micron Technology Inc (NASDAQ:MU) which rose 12.75% to 23.20, Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:ALXN) which was up 4.24% to settle at 124.03 and CF Industries Holdings Inc (NYSE:CF) which gained 4.01% to close at 30.06.
The worst performers were Red Hat Inc (NYSE:RHT) which was down 13.46% to 69.05 in late trade, Bed Bath & Beyond Inc (NASDAQ:BBBY) which lost 9.92% to settle at 41.04 and Nordstrom Inc (NYSE:JWN) which was down 6.07% to 48.10 at the close.
The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Metabolix Inc (NASDAQ:MBLX) which rose 38.68% to 0.388, Uranium Resources Inc (NASDAQ:URRE) which was up 28.44% to settle at 1.4000 and Tokai Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:TKAI) which gained 20.79% to close at 1.22.
The worst performers were Ovascience Inc (NASDAQ:OVAS) which was down 53.99% to 1.37 in late trade, Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:AUPH) which lost 21.69% to settle at 2.130 and Real Goods Solar Inc (NASDAQ:RGSE) which was down 20.61% to 0.2778 at the close.
Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1860 to 1287 and 84 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1592 fell and 883 advanced, while 113 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.
The CBOE Volatility Index, which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 1.77% to 11.47.
In commodities trading, Gold for February delivery was down 0.23% or 2.60 to $1130.60 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in February rose 0.67% or 0.35 to hit $52.84 a barrel, while the February Brent oil contract rose 0.99% or 0.54 to trade at $55.00 a barrel.
EUR/USD was up 0.09% to 1.0436, while USD/JPY fell 0.03% to 117.53.
The US Dollar Index was up 0.05% at 103.09.