U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.59%

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U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.59%

Investing.com – U.S. equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Oil & Gas , Utilities and Consumer Goods sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 0.59%, while the S&P 500 index declined 0.55%, and the NASDAQ Composite index declined 0.47%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were General Electric Company (NYSE: GE ), which rose 2.01% or 0.36 points to trade at 18.26 at the close. Nike Inc (NYSE: NKE ) added 1.16% or 0.65 points to end at 56.63 and JPMorgan Chase & Co (NYSE: JPM ) was up 0.95% or 0.92 points to 98.19 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Caterpillar Inc (NYSE: CAT ), which lost 2.50% or 3.44 points to trade at 134.10 in late trade. Visa Inc (NYSE: V ) declined 1.54% or 1.73 points to end at 110.25 and Home Depot Inc (NYSE: HD ) shed 1.54% or 2.59 points to 165.47.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Alaska Air Group Inc (NYSE: ALK ) which rose 4.47% to 64.44, Foot Locker Inc (NYSE: FL ) which was up 4.00% to settle at 31.20 and Discovery Communications C Inc (NASDAQ: DISCK ) which gained 3.14% to close at 15.75.

The worst performers were Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT ) which was down 9.87% to 54.16 in late trade, Advance Auto Parts Inc (NYSE: AAP ) which lost 4.33% to settle at 91.58 and General Mills Inc (NYSE: GIS ) which was down 2.93% to 52.53 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were CHF Solutions Inc (NASDAQ: CHFS ) which rose 337.67% to 16.500, SemiLEDS Corporation (NASDAQ: LEDS ) which was up 128.21% to settle at 6.3900 and Quest Resource Holding Corp (NASDAQ: QRHC ) which gained 73.50% to close at 2.0300.

The worst performers were Alcobra Ltd (NASDAQ: ADHD ) which was up 4.29% to 1.46 in late trade, Netlist Inc (NASDAQ: NLST ) which lost 52.64% to settle at 0.308 and Medovex Corp (NASDAQ: MDVX ) which was down 42.55% to 0.540 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1998 to 1098 and 126 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1517 fell and 1013 advanced, while 131 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 13.46% to 13.15 a new 1-month high.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.30% or 3.85 to $1279.05 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in December fell 0.83% or 0.46 to hit $55.24 a barrel, while the January Brent oil contract fell 0.59% or 0.37 to trade at $61.84 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.07% to 1.1789, while USD/JPY fell 0.53% to 112.85.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.01% at 93.73.

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