U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.21%

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U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.21%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were lower at the close on Tuesday, as losses in the Oil & Gas , Basic Materials and Industrials sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 0.21%, while the S&P 500 index fell 0.34%, and the NASDAQ Composite index lost 0.32%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE: WMT ), which rose 1.11% or 0.78 points to trade at 70.72 at the close. Nike Inc (NYSE: NKE ) added 1.08% or 0.61 points to end at 57.28 and Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS ) was up 0.71% or 0.79 points to 112.31 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX ), which lost 1.82% or 1.99 points to trade at 107.36 in late trade. General Electric Company (NYSE: GE ) declined 1.07% or 0.32 points to end at 29.54 and E I du Pont de Nemours & Co (NYSE: DD ) shed 1.00% or 0.81 points to 80.42.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Western Union Company (NYSE: WU ) which rose 3.52% to 20.27, Motorola Solutions Inc (NYSE: MSI ) which was up 2.09% to settle at 83.36 and Regency Centers Corporation (NYSE: REG ) which gained 1.77% to close at 64.85.

The worst performers were Frontier Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: FTR ) which was down 4.74% to 2.41 in late trade, United Continental Holdings Inc (NYSE: UAL ) which lost 4.72% to settle at 66.55 and Citrix Systems Inc (NASDAQ: CTXS ) which was down 3.43% to 82.02 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were DragonWave Inc (NASDAQ: DRWI ) which rose 65.22% to 1.9000, Neovasc Inc (NASDAQ: NVCN ) which was up 28.06% to settle at 1.780 and Moneygram Int (NASDAQ: MGI ) which gained 24.57% to close at 15.77.

The worst performers were Anthera Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: ANTH ) which was down 39.64% to 0.414 in late trade, Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: AUPH ) which lost 25.05% to settle at 7.900 and Aratana Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: PETX ) which was down 23.45% to 5.32 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2168 to 1045 and 42 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1646 fell and 840 advanced, while 116 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 8.02% to 12.26.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was down 0.45% or 5.45 to $1197.65 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in April fell 1.01% or 0.49 to hit $47.91 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract fell 0.47% or 0.24 to trade at $51.11 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.49% to 1.0602, while USD/JPY fell 0.10% to 114.77.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.40% at 101.66.

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