The Tracker’s decline was marginally better than the 1.5 percent decrease in the Dow Jones Industrial Average to 16,945.80 and the 1.48 percent slide in the S&P Retailing Industry Group to 931.64. U.S. investors worried about a possible slowdown as orders for durable goods fell 18.2 percent in August. The CBOE Volatility Index rose 17.9 percent to 15.64. The index is a measure of investor uncertainty.
The major overseas indices also ended their trading sessions on a down note. The FTSE MIB in Milan fell 1.7 percent to 20,343.19, while the DAX in Frankfurt declined 1.6 percent to 9,510.01. The CAC 40 in Paris slid 1.3 percent to 4,355.28, while the FTSE 100 in London slipped 1 percent to 6,639.71.
The stock that lost the most ground on the Stock Tracker was Esprit Holdings, down 7.6 percent to 11.02 Hong Kong dollars, or $1.42 at current exchange. Kate Spade & Co. followed, declining 4.2 percent to $27.85. H&M Hennes & Mauritz AB fell 4.2 percent to 300.50 Swedish kronor, or $41.86.
Among the top gainers were Shanghai Metersbonwe, up 3.8 percent to 10.79 Chinese yuan, or $1.76, followed by American Apparel Inc., up 2.9 percent to 81 cents. Seven & I Holdings Co. was up 2.8 percent to 4,230 Japanese yen, or $38.80.