UPDATE: Stocks Open Sharply Lower on Worries About Syria 8/27/13
NEW YORK - Worries about a potential military strike against Syria are dragging down the stock market in early trading.
Tension is rising between Syria and the West after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday there is "undeniable" evidence of a chemical weapons attack in the Middle East nation. And U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Tuesday that U.S. forces are ready to act on any order from President Obama.
The Dow Jones industrial average slid more than 100 points in the first few minutes of trading.
Investments that are considered safer in times of uncertainty rose. Gold and government bond prices climbed.
Oil jumped 3 percent.