Washington proposed the extra tariffs after efforts to negotiate a solution to the dispute failed to reach an agreement, senior administration officials said on Tuesday.
Spreadbetters expected European stocks to open little changed, with Britain’s FTSE flat, Germany’s DAX 0.02 percent lower and France’s CAC down 0.1 percent.
Asian stocks slipped on Tuesday, while the dollar edged further away from three-year lows.
Asian stocks rose on Thursday after Wall Street brushed aside strong U.S. inflation data and surged.
rout in global equities deepened in Asia on Tuesday as inflation worries gripped financial markets.
Worries about the impact of a tightening job market on the prospects for inflation and a surge in bond yields sent investors fleeing equities on Friday.
Asia stocks pulled further back from record highs on Wednesday as the recent rise in global bond yields weighed on equities.
Wall Street added to losses in early afternoon trading on Tuesday, with the S&P and the Dow weighed down by financial stocks.
The S&P and the Dow were higher on Wednesday, as oil prices rise, while Apple's 1 percent drop limited gains on the Nasdaq.
U.S. stock indexes rose on Tuesday, led by the Dow and forecasts from companies including 3M, Caterpillar and General Motors.
Dow stays near record high, while European shares ended mixed at their close on Tuesday in anticipation of this week's ECB meeting.
.S. stocks opened higher on Friday, with the Dow hitting the 22,000 mark, after data showed job growth slowed more than expected in August.
Dow Chemical Co's (DOW.N) results beat Wall Street estimates on Thursday, as the chemicals company raised prices of its products and cut costs.