U.S. stocks ended August on a dour note as crude oil endured another selloff. A larger-than-expected weekly build in crude inventories pulled oil to close at a nearly three-week low. The crude oil selloff pushed the energy sector into the red. Major oil producers including Shell (RDS.A) , Chevron (CVX) - Get Chevron Corporation Report , Total (TOT) - Get Total SA Report and BP (BP) - Get BP p.l.c. Report were among the worst performers on markets Wednesday. Twitter (TWTR) - Get Twitter Inc. Report spiked on renewed takeover speculation after co-founder Evan Williams told Bloomberg the social network was considering all options. Twitter had previously been mentioned as a potential target with some reports suggesting Alphabet's (GOOGL) - Get Alphabet Inc. Report Google could be interested. Cybersecurity firm Infoblox (BLOX) jumped on reports it has begun the process of selling itself after receiving interest from private-equity firms. Activist investor Starboard Value had reportedly pushed for a sale. TheStreet's Keris Lahiff reports from Wall Street.
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