Stocks Opened Lower after Brussels Attacks

U.S. stocks opened lower on Tuesday after attacks on the airport and a rush-hour metro train in Brussels that triggered security alerts across western Europe. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lately slipped 74.68 points, or 0.42%, to 17,549.19. The S&P 500 fell 10.06 points, or 0.49%, to 2,041.54. The Nasdaq Composite was down 15.73 points, or 0.33%, to 4,793.14.

A suicide bomber blew himself up at Brussels airport on Tuesday killing at least 11 people and a further blast tore through a rush-hour metro train in the Belgian capital shortly afterwards, claiming 10 lives, public broadcaster VRT said.

Oil prices seesawed on Tuesday. Brent crude futures (LCOc1) were up 5 cents at $41.59 a barrel by 1127 GMT, having risen to a session high of $41.75. U.S. May crude futures (CLc1) were down 6 cents at $41.46.

German investor confidence rebounded from a 16-month low after market turmoil calmed and the European Central Bank announced fresh euro-area stimulus.

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