U.S. shares lower at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.26%

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

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At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.26%, while the S&P 500 index fell 0.34%, and the NASDAQ Composite index lost 0.30%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Dow Inc (NYSE:DOW), which rose 2.11% or 1.31 points to trade at 63.26 at the close. Chevron Corp (NYSE:CVX) added 2.08% or 3.45 points to end at 169.01 and Coca-Cola Co (NYSE:KO) was up 1.18% or 0.75 points to 64.56 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Cisco Systems Inc (NASDAQ:CSCO), which lost 2.00% or 1.06 points to trade at 51.82 in late trade. Visa Inc Class A (NYSE:V) declined 1.56% or 3.35 points to end at 211.40 and Merck&Company Inc (NYSE:MRK) shed 1.15% or 1.00 points to 85.63.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE:MRO) which rose 4.16% to 26.27, Devon Energy Corporation (NYSE:DVN) which was up 3.71% to settle at 62.26 and Darden Restaurants Inc (NYSE:DRI) which gained 3.16% to close at 130.54.

The worst performers were CarMax Inc (NYSE:KMX) which was down 9.54% to 93.33 in late trade, Catalent Inc (NYSE:CTLT) which lost 6.53% to settle at 100.06 and Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) which was down 5.38% to 44.48 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Polarityte Inc (NASDAQ:PTE) which rose 82.97% to 0.38, Histogen Inc (NASDAQ:HSTO) which was up 67.78% to settle at 0.42 and Lixte Biotechnology Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:LIXT) which gained 67.27% to close at 1.84.

The worst performers were Hoth Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:HOTH) which was down 31.43% to 0.72 in late trade, Altamira Therapeutics Ltd (NASDAQ:CYTO) which lost 31.33% to settle at 1.14 and Athersys Inc (NASDAQ:ATHX) which was down 31.27% to 0.59 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1634 to 1566 and 149 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 2111 fell and 1696 advanced, while 261 ended unchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.

The CBOE Volatility Index, which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 0.45% to 24.26.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was up 0.96% or 18.80 to $1,967.00 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in May rose 6.82% or 6.43 to hit $100.72 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract rose 6.35% or 6.25 to trade at $104.73 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.51% to 1.08, while USD/JPY fell 0.01% to 125.33.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.38% at 100.31.