U.S. stocks opened lower on Monday as investors grappled with fears that President Donald Trump will focus on protectionist trade policies that could dampen growth. The S&P 500 index shed three points, or 0.1%, to 2,268. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 22 points, or 0.1%, to 19,806. The Nasdaq Composite Index slipped six points, or 0.1%, to 5,550. Halliburton Co. shares fell after posting a sales miss. McDonald's Corp. and Yahoo Inc. could be volatile as investors await earnings reports from both firms, expected after the close. Qualcomm Inc. fell after Apple Inc. filed a lawsuit against the chip maker alleging that the firm sought "onerous" terms in a chip deal. U.S. shares followed European shares lower as investors favored safety plays like Treasurys [s:TMUBMUSD10Y] and gold .
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