U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.57%

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U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.57%

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

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.57%, while the S&P 500 index declined 1.02%, and the NASDAQ Composite index declined 2.10%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE: GS ), which rose 1.44% or 3.44 points to trade at 242.28 at the close. 3M Company (NYSE: MMM ) added 1.15% or 1.99 points to end at 174.45 and Home Depot Inc (NYSE: HD ) was up 1.16% or 3.03 points to 264.75 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Salesforce.com Inc (NYSE: CRM ), which lost 3.02% or 6.87 points to trade at 220.99 in late trade. Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL ) declined 2.36% or 2.93 points to end at 121.45 and Boeing Co (NYSE: BA ) shed 2.37% or 5.60 points to 230.97.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Nielsen Holdings PLC (NYSE: NLSN ) which rose 8.05% to 18.93, Lowe’s Companies Inc (NYSE: LOW ) which was up 5.90% to settle at 160.16 and Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY ) which gained 5.83% to close at 158.01.

The worst performers were Qorvo Inc (NASDAQ: QRVO ) which was down 5.57% to 160.50 in late trade, Fortinet Inc (NASDAQ: FTNT ) which lost 5.13% to settle at 124.90 and Skyworks Solutions Inc (NASDAQ: SWKS ) which was down 4.74% to 148.41 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Greenwich Lifesciences Inc (NASDAQ: GLSI ) which rose 1000.00% to 90.00, Xenetic Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ: XBIO ) which was up 231.48% to settle at 3.580 and Rocket Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: RCKT ) which gained 80.38% to close at 57.77.

The worst performers were Pluristem Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: PSTI ) which was down 38.92% to 7.00 in late trade, Atossa Genetics Inc (NASDAQ: ATOS ) which lost 38.64% to settle at 0.877 and Sino-Global Shipping America Ltd (NASDAQ: SINO ) which was down 37.66% to 2.4000 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1709 to 1376 and 92 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 2029 fell and 978 advanced, while 54 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 8.90% to 22.52.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was down 2.03% or 38.05 to $1836.85 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in January fell 0.11% or 0.05 to hit $45.55 a barrel, while the February Brent oil contract rose 0.06% or 0.03 to trade at $48.87 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.24% to 1.2072, while USD/JPY rose 0.09% to 104.25.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.13% at 91.088.

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