U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.01%

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U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.01%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Healthcare , Telecoms and Basic Materials sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 0.01%, while the S&P 500 index lost 0.23%, and the NASDAQ Composite index lost 0.05%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC ), which rose 3.26% or 1.85 points to trade at 58.56 at the close. Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE: GS ) added 3.00% or 6.06 points to end at 207.90 and JPMorgan Chase & Co (NYSE: JPM ) was up 2.88% or 3.20 points to 114.30 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Merck & Company Inc (NYSE: MRK ), which lost 4.69% or 3.64 points to trade at 73.92 in late trade. International Business Machines (NYSE: IBM ) declined 4.15% or 6.03 points to end at 139.11 and Pfizer Inc (NYSE: PFE ) shed 2.54% or 1.04 points to 39.88.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM ) which rose 12.25% to 79.08, United Continental Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: UAL ) which was up 4.78% to settle at 89.24 and Kansas City Southern (NYSE: KSU ) which gained 4.09% to close at 122.81.

The worst performers were Bank of New York Mellon (NYSE: BK ) which was down 9.52% to 48.35 in late trade, Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: ALXN ) which lost 8.08% to settle at 125.87 and DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc (NYSE: DVA ) which was down 7.72% to 51.05 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Ideal Power Inc (NASDAQ: IPWR ) which rose 100.49% to 0.821, Uxin Ltd (NASDAQ: UXIN ) which was up 50.26% to settle at 2.93 and Neovasc Inc (NASDAQ: NVCN ) which gained 31.16% to close at 0.540.

The worst performers were Up Fintech Holding Ltd (NASDAQ: TIGR ) which was down 27.59% to 15.93 in late trade, Workhorse Group Inc (NASDAQ: WKHS ) which lost 19.89% to settle at 0.5111 and Novan Inc (NASDAQ: NOVN ) which was down 20.63% to 0.65 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1784 to 1191 and 117 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1734 fell and 920 advanced, while 70 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 3.45% to 12.60.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was down 0.08% or 1.00 to $1276.20 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in May fell 0.47% or 0.30 to hit $63.75 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract unchanged 0.00% or 0.00 to trade at $71.62 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.02% to 1.1296, while USD/JPY fell 0.01% to 112.03.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.00% at 96.648.

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