U.S. equity indexes closed lower Wednesday, but ended off the session’s worst levels, weighed down by selling in the energy, materials and information technology sectors.

Investors also were digesting comments from Federal Reserve officials about when the central bank should ease monetary programs as the most severe impact of the COVID pandemic recedes.

How did stock indexes trade?
  • The Dow Jones Industrial Average

    fell 68.93 points, or 0.2%, ending at 35,031.07, after touching an intraday nadir at 34,925.61, representing the lowest level for the blue-chip gauge since about Aug. 20, FactSet data show.

  • The S&P 500 index

    shed 5.69 points, or 0.1%, finishing at 4,514.07.

  • The Nasdaq Composite Index

    dropped 87.69 points, or 0.6%, closing at 15,286.64.

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