U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.77%

© Reuters. U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.77%

Investing.com – U.S. equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the , and sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in NYSE, the declined 0.77%, while the index fell 0.54%, and the index declined 0.24%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the were Merck & Company Inc (NYSE:), which rose 1.19% or 0.90 points to trade at 76.60 at the close. JPMorgan Chase & Co (NYSE:) added 0.70% or 1.08 points to end at 156.26 and Apple Inc (NASDAQ:) was up 0.38% or 0.49 points to 130.13 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Dow Inc (NYSE:), which lost 2.42% or 1.63 points to trade at 65.59 in late trade. Walmart Inc (NYSE:) declined 2.10% or 2.94 points to end at 137.06 and 3M Company (NYSE:) shed 1.87% or 3.75 points to 196.86.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Occidental Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:) which rose 4.62% to 30.55, Macerich Company (NYSE:) which was up 4.04% to settle at 17.79 and Centene Corp (NYSE:) which gained 3.74% to close at 72.62.

The worst performers were Willis Towers Watson PLC (NASDAQ:) which was down 7.19% to 237.23 in late trade, H&R Block Inc (NYSE:) which lost 6.49% to settle at 23.62 and Oracle Corporation (NYSE:) which was down 5.61% to 77.06 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Gaucho Group Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:) which rose 83.62% to 7.510, Orphazyme (NASDAQ:) which was up 60.30% to settle at 16.11 and Kindred Bioscncs (NASDAQ:) which gained 45.74% to close at 9.24.

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The worst performers were Inhibikase Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:) which was down 27.63% to 2.92 in late trade, 9F Inc (NASDAQ:) which lost 14.83% to settle at 2.24 and Fusion Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:) which was down 13.90% to 8.30 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1982 to 1187 and 122 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1844 fell and 1587 advanced, while 145 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The , which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 6.64% to 18.15.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was down 1.55% or 28.85 to $1827.55 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in July fell 0.36% or 0.26 to hit $71.86 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract rose 0.07% or 0.05 to trade at $74.04 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 1.02% to 1.2000, while USD/JPY rose 0.52% to 110.64.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.93% at 91.347.

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