Stocks open lower as COVID cases rise

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Stocks opened with losses Thursday, under pressure as COVID-19 cases continue to rise. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 188 points, or 0.6%, near 29,250, while the S&P 500 fell 0.6% to 3,548. The Nasdaq Composite edged 0.2% lower to 11,772. New York City on Wednesday ordered public schools to close after the infection rate crossed a key threshold. Rising cases across much of the country were seen putting strains on hospitals and the health care system.
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