Dow heads for worst day since 1987 on Europe journey shock

(Reuters) – The Dow Jones Industrials index was heading in the right direction for its worst day since 1987 as President Donald Trump’s sweeping transfer to limit journey from Europe added to rising indicators of company misery within the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

Airline shares .SPCOMAIR tanked 14.4%, whereas cruise liners plummeted between 17% and 23%, because the 30-day journey suspension from Europe worsened the outlook for a sector already reeling below enterprise journey and vacation cancellations.

Boeing fell one other 13% as J.P.Morgan deserted its long-term purchase suggestion on the planemaker’s shares, a day after the corporate signaled main cutbacks and drew on a big chunk of further reserve money.

The inventory, considered one of Wall Avenue’s most influential, has misplaced almost 40% this week alone and the corporate’s current actions are symbolic of main U.S. companies struggling to cope with the outbreak’s monetary affect.

“Whenever you attain full-blown panic mode, it takes quite a bit to rebuild confidence, and that appears to be the place we’re headed,” mentioned Scott Brown, chief economist at Raymond James in St. Petersburg, Florida.

“We expect (an financial) downturn and there’s a lot of uncertainly on the market.”

Wall Avenue’s concern gauge jumped to its highest since November 2008, as Trump additionally introduced a number of steps to assist small companies, however didn’t persuade merchants he would be capable of blunt the virus outbreak’s affect on the home economic system.

Buyers had been additionally unnerved by the absence of focused stimulus measures and the shortage of particulars on a public well being response after Trump made no point out of broadly anticipated payroll tax cuts.

The MSCI world fairness index .MIWD00000PUS crashed right into a bear market in early buying and selling, with all three main U.S. inventory indexes now additionally greater than 20% beneath their report highs hit in February. [MKTS/GLOB]

Buying and selling on Wall Avenue was halted minutes after the opening bell with the S&P 500 sliding 7% and triggering a 15-minute cutout as merchants fled to the perceived security of bonds and the Japanese yen.

Worries about company credit score are additionally heating up as costs of bond funds take successful and firms begin to attract on credit score traces.

Financial institution shares .SPXBK dropped 10.5% as Treasury yields tumbled on expectations of aggressive easing by the Federal Reserve. [US/]

At 11:48 a.m. ET, the Dow Jones Industrial Common .DJI was down 2,082.63 factors, or 8.84%, at 21,470.59, whereas the S&P 500 .SPX was down 218.65 factors, or 7.98%, at 2,522.73. The Nasdaq Composite .IXIC was down 616.56 factors, or 7.75%, at 7,335.49.

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All of the S&P sectors had been buying and selling had been down at the very least 6%, with power .SPNY down almost 10%.

Declining points outnumbered advancers virtually 27-to-1 on the NYSE and 19-to-1 on the Nasdaq.

The S&P index recorded no new 52-week excessive and 321 new lows, whereas the Nasdaq logged one new excessive and 1,410 new lows.

Reporting by Medha Singh and Sanjana Shivdas in Bengaluru; Writing by Sagarika Jaisinghani; Modifying by Saumyadeb Chakrabarty and Shounak Dasgupta

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