Dow edges lower Friday as trade-war fears return to center stage

U.S. stocks opened mostly lower on Friday with the main benchmarks on track to end the week roughly where they started. Investors turned cautious after a flood of new question marks surrounding government policy on both trade and the dollar, overshadowing positive quarterly results from General Electric and Microsoft. The S&P 500 fell 2 points, or 0.1%, to 2,803. The Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 62 points, or 0.3%, to 24,998. The Nasdaq Composite Index bucked the trends, opening 16 points, or 0.2% higher, to 7,840 Among the biggest gainers on the S&P 500, shares of Microsoft Corp. rallied more than 3% after quarterly earnings results.