U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 1.09%

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U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 1.09%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were lower at the close on Tuesday, as losses in the Healthcare , Basic Materials and Utilities sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 1.09%, while the S&P 500 index lost 1.24%, and the NASDAQ Composite index lost 1.54%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were General Electric Company (NYSE: GE ), which rose 0.26% or 0.07 points to trade at 28.93 at the close. Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL ) added 0.22% or 0.25 points to end at 116.30 and Nike Inc (NYSE: NKE ) was up 0.08% or 0.04 points to 51.83 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Merck & Company Inc (NYSE: MRK ), which lost 3.08% or 1.97 points to trade at 61.93 in late trade. UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE: UNH ) declined 2.39% or 3.30 points to end at 134.78 and Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC ) shed 1.97% or 0.75 points to 37.27.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Kroger Company (NYSE: KR ) which rose 3.67% to 30.11, Kansas City Southern (NYSE: KSU ) which was up 1.81% to settle at 95.62 and Tyson Foods Inc (NYSE: TSN ) which gained 1.25% to close at 71.38.

The worst performers were Illumina Inc (NASDAQ: ILMN ) which was down 24.81% to 138.99 in late trade, Alcoa Inc (NYSE: AA ) which lost 11.41% to settle at 27.91 and Seagate Technology PLC (NASDAQ: STX ) which was down 7.56% to 35.10 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Biostar Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: BSPM ) which rose 61.81% to 5.5500, Nova Lifestyle I (NASDAQ: NVFY ) which was up 19.02% to settle at 4.380 and Tokai Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: TKAI ) which gained 16.77% to close at 1.88.

The worst performers were Rent-A-Center Inc (NASDAQ: RCII ) which was down 28.73% to 9.18 in late trade, Illumina Inc (NASDAQ: ILMN ) which lost 24.81% to settle at 138.99 and TPI Composites Inc (NASDAQ: TPIC ) which was down 17.65% to 18.48 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2761 to 423 and 61 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 2063 fell and 455 advanced, while 83 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 14.65% to 15.34.

In commodities trading, Gold for December delivery was down 0.47% or 5.90 to $1254.50 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in November fell 1.01% or 0.52 to hit $50.83 a barrel, while the December Brent oil contract fell 1.19% or 0.63 to trade at $52.51 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.72% to 1.1056, while USD/JPY fell 0.15% to 103.44.

The US Dollar Index was up 0.77% at 97.66.

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