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NEW YORK, July 17 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks opened lower on Thursday, in the wake of fresh U.S. and European Union sanctions against Russia, and following weaker-than-expected housing data.
The Dow Jones industrial average fell 26.36 points or 0.15 percent, to 17,111.84, the S&P 500 lost 4.83 points or 0.24 percent, to 1,976.74 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 15.21 points or 0.34 percent, to 4,410.76. (Reporting by Ryan Vlastelica; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)