U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 1.29%

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U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 1.29%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Healthcare , Financials and Consumer Services sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 1.29%, while the S&P 500 index fell 1.23%, and the NASDAQ Composite index fell 1.32%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Chevron Corp (NYSE: CVX ), which rose 1.06% or 1.74 points to trade at 165.83 at the close. Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL ) added 0.82% or 1.39 points to end at 170.21 and Merck & Company Inc (NYSE: MRK ) was up 0.53% or 0.42 points to 79.72 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Home Depot Inc (NYSE: HD ), which lost 3.88% or 12.78 points to trade at 316.95 in late trade. Salesforce.com Inc (NYSE: CRM ) declined 3.25% or 7.09 points to end at 211.12 and Cisco Systems Inc (NASDAQ: CSCO ) shed 3.01% or 1.69 points to 54.48.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Hess Corporation (NYSE: HES ) which rose 4.57% to 106.23, Diamondback Energy Inc (NASDAQ: FANG ) which was up 3.85% to settle at 142.64 and Newmont Goldcorp Corp (NYSE: NEM ) which gained 3.77% to close at 78.90.

The worst performers were Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ: ADBE ) which was down 9.34% to 422.90 in late trade, ResMed Inc (NYSE: RMD ) which lost 8.65% to settle at 232.99 and Signature Bank (NASDAQ: SBNY ) which was down 6.60% to 299.99 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Creative Medical Technology Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: CELZ ) which rose 82.35% to 3.10, XORTX Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: XRTX ) which was up 43.80% to settle at 1.74 and Imperial Petroleum Inc (NASDAQ: IMPP ) which gained 37.25% to close at 2.10.

The worst performers were Codex DNA Inc (NASDAQ: DNAY ) which was down 34.13% to 6.06 in late trade, AdTheorent Holding Company Inc (NASDAQ: ADTH ) which lost 26.06% to settle at 7.69 and JX Luxventure Ltd (NASDAQ: LLL ) which was down 23.01% to 3.38 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2081 to 1080 and 119 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 2535 fell and 1260 advanced, while 158 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 2.75% to 23.57.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was up 1.32% or 25.45 to $1,946.95 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in May rose 4.97% or 5.43 to hit $114.70 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract rose 5.32% or 6.14 to trade at $121.62 a barrel.

EUR/USD was unchanged 0.17% to 1.10, while USD/JPY rose 0.27% to 121.13.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.10% at 98.62.

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