Stocks Open Lower As Investors Weigh Political Turmoil, Data

By MarketWatch Markets MarketWatch Pulse

U.S. stocks opened lower Thursday as investors weighed concerns about President Donald Trump's ability to pursue pro-business policies amid a continued controversy over his response to weekend violence in Charlottesville, Va., and sorted through a mixed bag of economic data. The S&P 500 fell 0.3%, while the Nasdaq Composite shed 0.4%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 47 points, weighed down in part as shares of components Wal-Mart Stores Inc. , down 2.8%, and Cisco Systems Inc. [CSCO], off 1.8%, declined following earnings.

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