U.S. stocks sell off as Washington worries escalate

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. stocks pared losses in choppy, late-morning trading Thursday as rumors circulating that Gary Cohn is resigning as director of the National Economic Council were called “100 (percent) false” by an Axios reporter on Twitter.



Stocks tumbled earlier and volume spiked as speculation over Cohn circulated, strategists said.



The Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI fell 123.7 points, or 0.56 percent, to 21,901.17, the S&P 500 .SPX lost 15.55 points, or 0.63 percent, to 2,452.56 and the Nasdaq Composite .IXIC dropped 54.30 points, or 0.86 percent, to 6,290.81.

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