The major U.S. averages gave back the gains they made earlier in the session, turning negative in the afternoon session.
As investors left equities, haven commodities like gold and bitcoin were reaping the benefits.
Bitcoin was up 0.26% to $8,116.30 Wednesday afternoon while gold prices were up 0.9% to $1,291.70 per ounce.
The Nasdaq has waffled between positive and negative territory all session, but the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down nearly 0.3% Wednesday afternoon.
HPE shares were down another 7% Wednesday after falling 8% after-hours Tuesday. Whitman will officially step down next February to be replaced by company president Antonio Neri.
Food and Beverage
Struggling restaurant chain Cracker Barrel Old Country Store (CBRL) was down more than 2% on heavy volume Wednesday after reporting mixed first-quarter results. The company said that the spat of hurricanes in the most recent quarter negatively impacted sales.
Beverage-maker National Beverage Corp. (FIZZ) shares were down more than 4% on weak volume.
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