Stocks turned negative on Friday as worries about the fiscal outlook of the United States persisted, with U.S. Treasuries and other dollar-denominated assets also lower.

The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> dropped 22.69 points, or 0.27 percent, to 8,269.44. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> fell 3.91 points, or 0.44 percent, to 884.42. The Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> shed 8.60 points, or 0.51 percent, to 1,686.65.

(Reporting by Chuck Mikolajczak; editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)