U.S. equities closed sharply lower on Wednesday as investors fretted over the latest news coming out of Washington. “This is clearly Washington-driven,” said Michael Shaoul, chairman and CEO of Marketfield Asset Management. “It’s a lot like 1998-99, when the market had to deal with the [Monica] Lewinsky scandal.” The Dow Jones industrial average ended

about 370 points lower, with Goldman Sachs contributing the most losses. The S&P 500 dropped 1.8 percent, with financials tumbling 3.1 percent to lead decliners. Financials posted their worst day since June 24 were pulled down by banks, with the SPDR S&P Bank ETF (KBE) falling 3.9 percent. The Nasdaq composite lagged, shedding 2.6 percent, and posted its worst session since June 24. The major indexes also gave up their gains for the month. The Dow and S&P also recorded their worst day since September of last year. READ MORE