U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.47%

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U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.47%

Investing.com – U.S. equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Telecoms , Basic Materials and Industrials sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 0.47%, while the S&P 500 index fell 0.40%, and the NASDAQ Composite index fell 0.11%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS ), which rose 1.90% or 1.98 points to trade at 106.31 at the close. Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE: GS ) added 0.52% or 1.20 points to end at 233.83 and Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC ) was up 0.38% or 0.21 points to 55.03 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE: VZ ), which lost 2.89% or 1.41 points to trade at 47.40 in late trade. Boeing Co (NYSE: BA ) declined 1.83% or 6.77 points to end at 363.85 and Caterpillar Inc (NYSE: CAT ) shed 1.77% or 2.78 points to 154.71.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Twenty-First Century Fox Inc A (NASDAQ: FOXA ) which rose 7.70% to 43.66, Twenty-First Century Fox Inc (NASDAQ: FOX ) which was up 7.48% to settle at 43.41 and Netflix Inc (NASDAQ: NFLX ) which gained 4.43% to close at 379.93.

The worst performers were H&R Block Inc (NYSE: HRB ) which was down 17.94% to 24.29 in late trade, PulteGroup Inc (NYSE: PHM ) which lost 6.67% to settle at 30.78 and Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX ) which was down 6.24% to 31.73 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Enphase Energy Inc (NASDAQ: ENPH ) which rose 32.89% to 5.980, Spi Energy Co Ltd (NASDAQ: SPI ) which was up 23.99% to settle at 0.43 and Galectin Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: GALT ) which gained 23.54% to close at 7.820.

The worst performers were Flex Pharma Inc (NASDAQ: FLKS ) which was down 75.12% to 1.04 in late trade, Scpharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: SCPH ) which lost 22.08% to settle at 5.93 and Ohr Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: OHRP ) which was down 19.03% to 0.260 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2037 to 1019 and 129 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1395 fell and 1134 advanced, while 150 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 3.65% to 12.79.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was up 0.26% or 3.40 to $1302.80 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in July rose 0.47% or 0.31 to hit $66.67 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract rose 0.96% or 0.73 to trade at $76.61 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.37% to 1.1788, while USD/JPY fell 0.02% to 110.35.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.26% at 93.59.

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