U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.19%

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U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.19%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Consumer Services , Technology and Financials sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 0.19%, while the S&P 500 index lost 0.63%, and the NASDAQ Composite index declined 1.21%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE: UNH ), which rose 1.98% or 10.09 points to trade at 520.82 at the close. Walmart Inc (NYSE: WMT ) added 1.79% or 2.64 points to end at 149.87 and Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ ) was up 1.04% or 1.85 points to 179.59 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Home Depot Inc (NYSE: HD ), which lost 2.91% or 9.25 points to trade at 308.46 in late trade. Salesforce.com Inc (NYSE: CRM ) declined 2.87% or 6.35 points to end at 214.94 and Visa Inc Class A (NYSE: V ) shed 1.83% or 4.17 points to 223.95.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX ) which rose 4.76% to 87.44, Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE: VLO ) which was up 3.95% to settle at 100.50 and Paychex Inc (NASDAQ: PAYX ) which gained 3.29% to close at 136.89.

The worst performers were PVH Corp (NYSE: PVH ) which was down 6.54% to 82.69 in late trade, Etsy Inc (NASDAQ: ETSY ) which lost 5.85% to settle at 134.56 and Mohawk Industries Inc (NYSE: MHK ) which was down 5.69% to 130.93 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Direct Digital Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: DRCT ) which rose 60.47% to 4.14, Hillstream Biopharma Inc (NASDAQ: HILS ) which was up 39.04% to settle at 2.03 and Adagio Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: ADGI ) which gained 30.39% to close at 5.02.

The worst performers were Akebia Ther (NASDAQ: AKBA ) which was down 66.02% to 0.83 in late trade, Revelation Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ: REVB ) which lost 38.32% to settle at 1.32 and Calithera Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ: CALA ) which was down 34.95% to 0.39 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1904 to 1307 and 131 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 2600 fell and 1199 advanced, while 192 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 2.28% to 19.33.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was up 1.11% or 21.20 to $1,933.40 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in May rose 3.05% or 3.18 to hit $107.42 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract rose 2.96% or 3.19 to trade at $110.90 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.67% to 1.12, while USD/JPY fell 0.83% to 121.82.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.56% at 97.89.

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