US stocks slide early on earnings, overseas woes

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Trader Patrick McKeon, center, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014. U.S. stocks are rising in early trading, helped by strong earnings from Facebook and a report that the U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 3.2 percent in the fourth quarter. (AP Photo)

Trader Patrick McKeon, center, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014. U.S. stocks are rising in early trading, helped by strong earnings from Facebook and a report that the U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 3.2 percent in the fourth quarter. (AP Photo)

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NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market is opening sharply lower as investors fret over disappointing earnings and more trouble in overseas markets.

The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 226 points, or 1.4 percent, to 15,625 moments after the market opened Friday. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index lost 22 points, or 1.2 percent, to 1,772. The Nasdaq dropped 43 points, or 1.1 percent, to 4,079.

Disappointing results and outlooks from retailers left investors uneasy. Amazon fell 8 percent after it reported earnings that fell short of expectations. Wal-Mart cut its outlook.

Currencies for several countries fell against the dollar as turmoil in emerging markets flared up once again.

It’s been a tough January for investors. The Dow is down 5 percent, while the S&P 500 index has lost 4 percent.

Associated Press

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