U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.17%

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U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.17%
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Investing.com – U.S. equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Oil & Gas , Technology and Financials sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 0.17%, while the S&P 500 index fell 0.21%, and the NASDAQ Composite index lost 0.38%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ ), which rose 1.36% or 1.90 points to trade at 141.68 at the close. Pfizer Inc (NYSE: PFE ) added 0.96% or 0.41 points to end at 43.08 and Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE: VZ ) was up 0.93% or 0.53 points to 57.36 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE: GS ), which lost 2.32% or 4.51 points to trade at 190.22 in late trade. Cisco Systems Inc (NASDAQ: CSCO ) declined 2.19% or 1.25 points to end at 55.86 and Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ: WBA ) shed 1.44% or 0.76 points to 52.12.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Mattel Inc (NASDAQ: MAT ) which rose 5.27% to 11.38, Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: ALXN ) which was up 3.00% to settle at 120.65 and Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY ) which gained 2.70% to close at 115.24.

The worst performers were Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE: CHK ) which was down 7.37% to 1.760 in late trade, Signet Jewelers Ltd (NYSE: SIG ) which lost 5.65% to settle at 18.69 and Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ: WDC ) which was down 5.65% to 36.24 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Insys Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: INSY ) which rose 139.44% to 0.34, Histogenics Corp (NASDAQ: HSGX ) which was up 36.41% to settle at 0.300 and B Communications Ltd (NASDAQ: BCOM ) which gained 28.89% to close at 1.74.

The worst performers were Adynxx Inc (NASDAQ: ADYX ) which was down 39.23% to 3.610 in late trade, Hooker Furniture Corporation (NASDAQ: HOFT ) which lost 24.36% to settle at 20.37 and Jaguar Health Inc (NASDAQ: JAGX ) which was down 23.27% to 7.780 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1550 to 1428 and 99 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1340 fell and 1320 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 down 0.50% to 15.91.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was up 0.46% or 6.10 to $1337.30 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in July fell 4.09% or 2.18 to hit $51.09 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract fell 0.13% or 0.08 to trade at $59.80 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.02% to 1.1289, while USD/JPY fell 0.01% to 108.47.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.33% at 96.968.

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