A selloff in shares of cyclical companies drove major indexes lower Thursday, capping a tumultuous September that marked the S&P 500’s worst month since March 2020.

All three major U.S. indexes finished the day lower after a choppy session. Stocks jumped to start the day, but then quickly wobbled and turned negative, with losses accelerating in the final minutes of trading. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 546.80 points, or 1.6%, to end at 33843.92, weighed down by losses in companies ranging from machinery giant Caterpillar to home-improvement retailer Home Depot .  

 

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