(Reuters) - U.S. stocks opened flat on Thursday, weighed down by declines in energy stocks as oil prices fell and worries over protectionist trade policies.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI fell 9.45 points, or 0.04 percent, at the open to 24,877.36. The S&P 500 .SPX opened lower by 2.35 points, or 0.09 percent, at 2,730.94. The Nasdaq Composite .IXIC dropped 3.97 points, or 0.05 percent, to 7,421.99 at the opening bell.
Reporting by Sruthi Shankar in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila