Investors recoiled from stocks on Tuesday, selling off energy and consumer finance shares and taking technology equities for a wild ride.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell nearly 474 points, a 1.36 percent decline. The S&P 500 fell by nearly nine-tenths of a percentage point. The Nasdaq Composite fell began the day with a lurch downward by almost 2 percent only to reverse and end the day nearly flat.
Ten of the 11 sectors of the S&P fell. The energy sector, down by 2.56 percent, was the worst-performing sector. The financial fell 1.67 percent, with consumer finance stocks—such as credit card companies—falling 2.42 percent.