US equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Healthcare, Finance & Consumer Services sectors propelled shares lower.
At the close in New York, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 1.29%, while the S&P 500 fell 1.23% and the Nasdaq fell 1.32%.
The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Chevron (NYSE: CVX ), which rose 1.06% or 1.74 points to trade at 165.83 at the close. At the same time, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL ) completed 0.82% or 1.39 points, closing at 170.21, while Mark & Co. (NYSE: MRK ) added 0.53% or 0.42 points, to close at 79.72 at the end of the trading day.
The worst performers of the session were Home Depot (NYSE: HD ), which fell 3.88% or 12.78 points to trade at 316.95 at the close. Sharesforce.com (NYSE: CRM ) shed 3.25% or 7.09 points to hit 211.12, and Cisco Systems (NASDAQ: CSCO ) closed down 3.01% or 1.69 points to hit 54.48.
The best performers of the session on the S&P 500 were HSE (NYSE: HES ), which rose 4.57% to 106.23, Diamondback Energy (NASDAQ: FANG ), which rose 3.85% to close at 142.64 and Newmont Mining ( NYSE: NEM ), which rose 3.77% to close at 78.90.
The weakest stocks today were Adobe Systems (NASDAQ: ADBE ), which fell 9.34% to 422.90 at the end of the day, Resmed (NYSE: RMD ), which lost 8.65% to 232.99 and Signature Bank (NASDAQ: SBNY ), which weakened 6.60% and closed at 299.99 the trading day on the stock exchange.
The best performers of the session on the NASDAQ were Creative Medical Technology Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: CELZ ), which rose 82.35% to 3.10, XORTX Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: XRTX ), which rose 43.80% and closed at Of 1.74, and shares of Imperial Petroleum Inc (NASDAQ: IMPP ), which rose 37.25% and closed the trade at 2.10.
The weakest stocks today were Codex DNA (NASDAQ: DNAY ) which fell 34.13% to 6.06 at the close, AdTheorent Holding Company Inc (NASDAQ: ADTH ) which lost 26.06% to 7.69, and JX LuxVench. R (NASDAQ: LLL ), which was down 23.01% and closed the day at 3.38.
Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 2081 to 1080 and 119 ended unchanged; In trading on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 2535 weakened and 1260 strengthened, while 158 maintained their value.
Shares (NYSE: HES ) climbed to a five-year high and completed a rise of 4.57% or 4.64 points to a price of 106.23. Shares of Diamondback Energy (NASDAQ: FANG ) climbed to an all-time high, adding 3.85% or 5.29 points to a price of 142.64. Shares of Newmont Mining (NYSE: NEM ) climbed to a five-year high and completed a rise of 3.77% or 2.87 points to a price of 78.90. Shares of Codex DNA (NASDAQ: DNAY ) fell to an all-time low of 34.13% or 3.14 points to trade at 6.06.
The CBOE Volatility Index, which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 2.75% to 23.57.
In commodities trading, Gold for April delivery was up 1.32% or 25.35 to $ 1,946.85 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil futures for May rose 4.96% or 5.42 to hit $ 114.69 a barrel, while the May Brent oil futures contract rose 5.33% or 6.15 to trade at $ 121.63 a barrel.
The EUR / USD pair maintained stability – 0.17% and traded at a price of 1.10, while the USD / JPY pair completed a 0.27% increase and reached a level of 121.13.
Futures on the US Dollar Index traded up 0.10% and set a high of 98.62.