ECONOMY

US indexes open lower, pulling S&P 500 index below 2,000; Annie's soars on news of acquisition

FILE - This April 22, 2010, file photo, shows a Wall Street sign in front of the New York Stock Exchange. Global stock markets were subdued on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, but the dollar hit a six-year high against the yen on investor expectations the Federal Reserve will end stimulus and raise interest rates in coming months. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

FILE - This April 22, 2010, file photo, shows a Wall Street sign in front of the New York Stock Exchange. Global stock markets were subdued on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, but the dollar hit a six-year high against the yen on investor expectations the Federal Reserve will end stimulus and raise interest rates in coming months. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)  (The Associated Press)

Stocks are opening slightly lower, pulling the Standard & Poor's 500 index back below 2,000 points.

The S&P 500 fell five points, or 0.3 percent, to 1,996, as of 9:35 a.m. Eastern time Tuesday.

The Dow Jones industrial average fell 66 points, or 0.4 percent, to 17,046. The Nasdaq composite fell 13 points, or 0.3 percent, to 4,578.

Home Depot fell 1 percent after the company confirmed that its payment systems had been hacked, potentially exposing millions of shoppers who used credit and debit cards at its stores.

Annie's soared 37 percent in early trading after the maker of rabbit-shaped mac and cheese agreed to be acquired by General Mills.

Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.50 percent.