(CNBC) -- Stocks fell on Tuesday, the first trading day of the week, as weak data out of China and lower global growth estimates from the International Monetary Fund renewed fears of the global economy slowing down.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 301.87 points to 24,404.48, led by losses in Goldman Sachs and Caterpillar. The S&P 500 pulled back 1.4 percent to 2,632.90 as the communications services and industrials sectors lagged. The Nasdaq Composite declined 1.9 percent to close at 7,020.36. The major indexes also closed lower for the first time in five sessions. U.S. markets were closed on Monday due to the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday.