USA stocks slid on Friday as a deepening economic crisis in Turkey dragged on bank shares and triggered a move out of riskier assets.
The Russell 2000 gained 13.43 points, or 0.8 per cent.
At 9:50 a.m. EDT the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 14.63 points, or 0.06 percent, at 25,569.12, the S&P 500 was unchanged at 2,857.70 and the Nasdaq Composite was up 11.39 points, or 0.14 percent, at 7,899.72.
The Dow is up 790.01 points, or 3.2 percent. The Dow Jones Small-Cap Growth TSM Index closed at 10,474.34 for a loss of -18.84 points or -0.18%.
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"Today's impact has set the markets in a temporary risk-off sentiment", said Matt Forester, chief investment officer of BNY Mellon's Lockwood Advisors.
Rite Aid (RAD.N) fell 10.6 percent and was the most actively traded stock after the drug store chain and USA grocer Albertsons Cos ABS.N agreed to terminate their merger agreement.
The S&P financial index fell 1.2 per cent, among the biggest drags on the S&P 500.
Sinclair dropped 2.9 percent after Tribune Media dropped its $3.9 billion deal to be acquired by Sinclair and filed a lawsuit against the company for breach of contract.
Declining issues outnumbered advancing ones on the NYSE by a 2.12-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 1.47-to-1 ratio favored decliners.