U.S. stocks opened sharply lower on Thursday as investors fled risky assets such as equities and oil, while piling into havens such as Treasurys and gold. The S&P 500 opened 22 points, or 1.2%, lower at 1,832. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 220 points, or 1.4%, at 15,695 shortly after the open. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite began the day down 51 points, or 1.2%, at 4,231.
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