U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.79%

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U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.79%

Investing.com – U.S. equities were lower at the close on Tuesday, as losses in the Consumer Services , Basic Materials and Consumer Goods sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 0.79%, while the S&P 500 index fell 0.71%, and the NASDAQ Composite index lost 0.93%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Merck & Company Inc (NYSE: MRK ), which rose 1.18% or 0.92 points to trade at 78.85 at the close. UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE: UNH ) added 1.10% or 4.61 points to end at 421.82 and Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ ) was up 0.93% or 1.66 points to 179.50 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Home Depot Inc (NYSE: HD ), which lost 4.29% or 14.37 points to trade at 320.68 in late trade. Boeing Co (NYSE: BA ) declined 3.00% or 6.87 points to end at 222.19 and Caterpillar Inc (NYSE: CAT ) shed 1.96% or 4.27 points to 213.44.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Kroger Company (NYSE: KR ) which rose 4.58% to 45.44, Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: VRTX ) which was up 3.89% to settle at 198.39 and Pfizer Inc (NYSE: PFE ) which gained 3.11% to close at 50.43.

The worst performers were DXC Technology Co (NYSE: DXC ) which was down 11.83% to 36.81 in late trade, Under Armour Inc A (NYSE: UAA ) which lost 5.96% to settle at 23.50 and Under Armour Inc C (NYSE: UA ) which was down 5.95% to 19.91 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Virpax Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: VRPX ) which rose 262.50% to 15.225, Alfi Inc (NASDAQ: ALF ) which was up 40.08% to settle at 10.100 and Monday .Com Ltd (NASDAQ: MNDY ) which gained 24.36% to close at 304.76.

The worst performers were Greenvision Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ: HLBZ ) which was down 29.40% to 7.71 in late trade, View Inc (NASDAQ: VIEW ) which lost 24.42% to settle at 3.915 and TuanChe ADR (NASDAQ: TC ) which was down 24.39% to 1.910 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2392 to 870 and 138 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 2495 fell and 1110 advanced, while 150 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 11.10% to 17.91.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.16% or 2.95 to $1786.85 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in October fell 0.78% or 0.52 to hit $66.53 a barrel, while the October Brent oil contract fell 0.46% or 0.32 to trade at $69.19 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.55% to 1.1712, while USD/JPY rose 0.32% to 109.58.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.56% at 93.135.

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