U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.68%

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U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.68%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Technology , Consumer Services and Financials sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 0.68% to hit a new 1-month low, while the S&P 500 index fell 0.86%, and the NASDAQ Composite index lost 1.54%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were General Electric Company (NYSE: GE ), which rose 1.60% or 0.22 points to trade at 13.96 at the close. Chevron Corp (NYSE: CVX ) added 1.48% or 1.84 points to end at 126.00 and Exxon Mobil Corp (NYSE: XOM ) was up 1.33% or 1.07 points to 81.71 in late trade.

Biggest losers included McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE: MCD ), which lost 2.17% or 3.49 points to trade at 157.42 in late trade. Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC ) declined 1.83% or 0.91 points to end at 48.76 and Nike Inc (NYSE: NKE ) shed 1.67% or 1.21 points to 71.35.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Concho Resources Inc (NYSE: CXO ) which rose 4.62% to 137.78, Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold Inc (NYSE: FCX ) which was up 4.00% to settle at 16.90 and Apache Corporation (NYSE: APA ) which gained 3.89% to close at 45.89.

The worst performers were ConAgra Foods Inc (NYSE: CAG ) which was down 7.27% to 35.45 in late trade, Brighthouse Financial Inc (NASDAQ: BHF ) which lost 5.30% to settle at 40.23 and Scana Corporation (NYSE: SCG ) which was down 4.37% to 36.79 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Differential Brands Group Inc (NASDAQ: DFBG ) which rose 512.36% to 5.450, Medigus Ltd ADR (NASDAQ: MDGS ) which was up 27.68% to settle at 1.430 and Spi Energy Co Ltd (NASDAQ: SPI ) which gained 19.14% to close at 0.43.

The worst performers were Aquinox Pha (NASDAQ: AQXP ) which was down 84.72% to 2.34 in late trade, Summit Therapeutics PLC (NASDAQ: SMMT ) which lost 79.84% to settle at 2.55 and Pain Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: PTIE ) which was down 71.45% to 2.435 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2199 to 871 and 114 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 2108 fell and 474 advanced, while 86 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 11.49% to 17.75 a new 1-month high.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was down 0.44% or 5.50 to $1254.40 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in August rose 2.58% or 1.82 to hit $72.35 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract rose 1.46% or 1.11 to trade at $77.25 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.77% to 1.1558, while USD/JPY rose 0.15% to 110.23.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.68% at 95.00.

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