U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.16%

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U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.16%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Healthcare , Industrials and Financials sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 0.16%, while the S&P 500 index lost 0.25%, and the NASDAQ Composite index lost 0.23%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Nike Inc (NYSE: NKE ), which rose 0.98% or 0.51 points to trade at 52.30 at the close. Boeing Company (NYSE: BA ) added 0.70% or 1.09 points to end at 157.48 and American Express Company (NYSE: AXP ) was up 0.35% or 0.26 points to 75.32 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Merck & Company Inc (NYSE: MRK ), which lost 1.77% or 1.07 points to trade at 59.43 in late trade. Pfizer Inc (NYSE: PFE ) declined 1.37% or 0.45 points to end at 32.40 and Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE: WMT ) shed 0.81% or 0.58 points to 71.24.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE: SWN ) which rose 5.78% to 10.98, Monster Beverage 1990 Corp (NASDAQ: MNST ) which was up 4.20% to settle at 45.37 and Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC ) which gained 3.14% to close at 58.50.

The worst performers were TripAdvisor Inc (NASDAQ: TRIP ) which was down 5.14% to 46.28 in late trade, Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: VRTX ) which lost 5.02% to settle at 72.60 and Accenture plc (NYSE: ACN ) which was down 5.00% to 117.90 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Sphere 3D Corp (NASDAQ: ANY ) which rose 80.00% to 0.360, Lpath Inc (NASDAQ: LPTN ) which was up 68.02% to settle at 3.7500 and Real Goods Solar Inc (NASDAQ: RGSE ) which gained 62.29% to close at 0.3499.

The worst performers were xG Technology Inc (NASDAQ: XGTI ) which was down 55.80% to 1.6000 in late trade, Modsys International Ltd (NASDAQ: MDSY ) which lost 20.31% to settle at 0.965 and Contravir Pharmaceut (NASDAQ: CTRV ) which was down 20.12% to 1.3500 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1754 to 1479 and 43 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1564 fell and 947 advanced, while 116 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 1.66% to 11.26 a new 52-week low.

In commodities trading, Gold for February delivery was down 0.11% or 1.20 to $1132.40 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in February fell 1.44% or 0.77 to hit $52.53 a barrel, while the February Brent oil contract fell 1.48% or 0.82 to trade at $54.53 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.34% to 1.0424, while USD/JPY fell 0.24% to 117.57.

The US Dollar Index was down 0.22% at 103.03.

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