Stocks open slightly lower as investors contend with geopolitical and growth jitters

U.S. stocks fell at the opening bell Wednesday as investors grappled with the ominous economic signal from the yield curve’s inversion. The S&P 500

SPX, -0.01%

was down 0.3% to 2,858. The Dow Jones Industrial Average

DJIA, +0.06%

shed 122 points, or 0.4%, to around 25,656. The Nasdaq Composite

COMP, -0.26%

slipped 0.6% to 7,782. The likelihood of a no-deal Brexit appeared to rise after the U.K. prime minister Boris Johnson announced he would look to suspend parliament until Oct. 14, a move that would stymie opponents of a no-deal arrangement. The inversion of the yield curve, a well-regarded bond market recession indicator, also continued to dampen investor sentiment. In company news, shares of Autodesk Inc.

ADSK, -10.72%

fell 12.8% after the design software company’s outlook for third-quarter profits and sales fell short of analyst expectations.

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