U.S. stocks off sharply at open on war doubts


(Updates with open) NEW YORK, March 24 (Reuters) - Stocks fell sharply at the open on Monday as investors reconsidered optimism the U.S.-led assault on Iraq would quickly topple Saddam Hussein's regime. The tech-laced Nasdaq Composite Index sank 32.87 points, or 2.31 percent, to 1,388.97. The blue-chip Dow Jones industrials fell 189.02 points, or 2.22 percent, to 8,332.95. The broader Standard and Poor's 500 index lost 19.01 points, or 2.12 percent, at 876.89. On Friday, the Dow jumped ...

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