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US stock rout continues as market eyes SoftBank's options trading

Apple, Google and Amazon down sharply

Despite opening on a positive note, equities began tumbling as the acceleration of the tech stock slide upset investors.   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- U.S. shares came under heavy selling again Friday as investors continued to abandon large-cap tech stocks including Apple and, with the tech-heavy Nasdaq index retreating 5% at one point.

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