U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.61%

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U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.61%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Oil & Gas , Basic Materials and Consumer Goods sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.61%, while the S&P 500 index lost 0.75%, and the NASDAQ Composite index declined 0.57%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL ), which rose 4.91% or 9.85 points to trade at 210.52 at the close. Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ ) added 0.53% or 0.75 points to end at 141.95 and Pfizer Inc (NYSE: PFE ) was up 0.39% or 0.16 points to 40.77 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Home Depot Inc (NYSE: HD ), which lost 2.41% or 4.90 points to trade at 198.80 in late trade. Nike Inc (NYSE: NKE ) declined 2.20% or 1.93 points to end at 85.90 and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT ) shed 2.08% or 2.72 points to 127.88.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (NYSE: RCL ) which rose 6.69% to 129.03, Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS ) which was up 6.63% to settle at 179.67 and Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc (NYSE: HLT ) which gained 6.45% to close at 92.60.

The worst performers were Molson Coors Brewing Co Class B (NYSE: TAP ) which was down 7.54% to 59.35 in late trade, Clorox Co (NYSE: CLX ) which lost 7.24% to settle at 148.16 and Garmin Ltd (NASDAQ: GRMN ) which was down 6.62% to 80.06 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were ARCA Biopharma Inc (NASDAQ: ABIO ) which rose 98.64% to 10.250, Precipio Inc (NASDAQ: PRPO ) which was up 38.84% to settle at 8.4000 and Enphase Energy Inc (NASDAQ: ENPH ) which gained 29.28% to close at 12.980.

The worst performers were CM Seven Star Acquisition Corp (NASDAQ: CMSS ) which was down 43.69% to 2.81 in late trade, Pulse Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ: PLSE ) which lost 28.84% to settle at 11.400 and Nabriva Therapeutics AG (NASDAQ: NBRV ) which was down 27.42% to 2.17 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1886 to 1111 and 86 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1777 fell and 855 advanced, while 94 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 12.80% to 14.80 a new 1-month high.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was down 0.58% or 7.45 to $1278.25 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in June fell 0.47% or 0.30 to hit $63.61 a barrel, while the July Brent oil contract rose 0.01% or 0.01 to trade at $72.09 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.06% to 1.1200, while USD/JPY rose 0.06% to 111.44.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.18% at 97.375.

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