Dow ends bruising session 2.4% lower on trade war fears

New York (AFP) – Wall Street stocks finished sharply lower on Friday after escalating threats in the US-China trade spat revived fears of a trade war.

At the closing bell, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 2.4 percent at 23,928.49.

The broad-based S&P 500 dropped 2.2 percent to 2,604.13, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index tumbled 2.3 percent to 6,916.73.