S&P 500 falls, ending a four-day winning streak, as drop in oil price drags down energy stocks

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Stocks are ending lower, breaking a four-day winning streak, as a drop in the price of oil dragged energy companies lower.

The energy sector in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index sank 1.7 per cent, more than twice as much as the rest of the market. Small-company stocks and transportation shares also fell sharply as traders unloaded riskier assets.

The market started higher, then turned lower at midday as the price of oil fell. Traders have worried about a steady decline in the price of oil as global demand for energy recedes.

The S&P 500 index fell 14 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 1,927 Wednesday.

The Dow Jones industrial average gave up 153 points, or 0.9 per cent, to 16,461. The Nasdaq composite fell 36 points, or 0.8 per cent, to 4,382.