U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.44%

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U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.44%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Industrials , Basic Materials and Consumer Goods sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 0.44%, while the S&P 500 index fell 0.18%, and the NASDAQ Composite index lost 0.09%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Merck & Company Inc (NYSE: MRK ), which rose 2.28% or 1.65 points to trade at 74.05 at the close. Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ ) added 1.38% or 2.26 points to end at 165.65 and Amgen Inc (NASDAQ: AMGN ) was up 1.13% or 2.67 points to 239.49 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Caterpillar Inc (NYSE: CAT ), which lost 2.32% or 5.56 points to trade at 234.60 in late trade. Boeing Co (NYSE: BA ) declined 1.85% or 4.68 points to end at 248.08 and American Express Company (NYSE: AXP ) shed 1.45% or 2.42 points to 164.09.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Macy’s Inc (NYSE: M ) which rose 4.87% to 19.59, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: REGN ) which was up 3.09% to settle at 522.09 and Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE ) which gained 2.96% to close at 139.45.

The worst performers were DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH ) which was down 7.21% to 40.44 in late trade, Campbell Soup Company (NYSE: CPB ) which lost 6.50% to settle at 45.92 and Brown Forman (NYSE: BFb ) which was down 5.71% to 75.14 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Aethlon Medical Inc (NASDAQ: AEMD ) which rose 383.71% to 10.690, American Software Inc (NASDAQ: AMSWA ) which was up 38.86% to settle at 28.23 and Clean Energy Fuels Corp (NASDAQ: CLNE ) which gained 31.41% to close at 13.010.

The worst performers were Atossa Genetics Inc (NASDAQ: ATOS ) which was down 27.35% to 4.410 in late trade, Clover Health Investments Corp (NASDAQ: CLOV ) which lost 23.39% to settle at 16.97 and SemiLEDS Corporation (NASDAQ: LEDS ) which was down 22.22% to 20.090 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1738 to 1445 and 135 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1852 fell and 1534 advanced, while 128 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 4.80% to 17.89.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was down 0.17% or 3.25 to $1891.15 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in July fell 0.43% or 0.30 to hit $69.75 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract fell 0.26% or 0.19 to trade at $72.03 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.05% to 1.2177, while USD/JPY rose 0.13% to 109.64.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.07% at 90.142.

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