Between the coronavirus outbreak and the oil war between Saudi Arabia and Russia, the stock market has taken quite a beating over the last two weeks.
On Monday, as soon as the market opened (technically last night) everything plummeted. In fact, the Dow Jones Industrial Average saw it's greatest single-day point loss in history dropping 2013 points.
According to NBC News,
Wall Street took a beating on Monday, as collapsing oil prices and fears about the impact of the coronavirus almost nudged the American economy out of the longest bull market in history, exactly 11 years to the day since it began.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed the day with a loss of around 2,000 points Monday, part of a global market rout that saw spiraling sell-offs in the energy sector amid the biggest drop for crude oil since the Gulf War in 1991. The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq saw a decline of around 7 percent for one of the worst days since the financial crisis.
Crude oil prices cratered by 25 percent after the world's producing countries failed to strike a deal at a meeting between oil cartel members in Vienna last week. The stalemate continued over the weekend, with Saudi Arabia and Russia reportedly planning to ramp up production on their own terms after the current deal expires at the end of the month. By Monday morning, traders on Wall Street were bracing for a meltdown.
The ensuing sell-off prompted action from the White House, with Wall Street executives scheduled to meet with President Donald Trump on Wednesday to discuss the response to the outbreak.
U.S. Treasurys were the beneficiary of the flight to safety with heavy buying pushing longer-dated yields lower by more than 30 basis points. Overnight, the benchmark 10-year yield fell to a record low of 0.38 percent before bouncing to 0.501 percent at the close. Likewise, the 30-year yield plunged below 1 percent for the first time ever, and was down 27.8 basis points to 0.938 percent.
The drop in Treasury yields accompanies expectations the Federal Reserve will cut rates by 100 basis points at its March 18 meeting, lowering its key interest rate to a range between 0 and 25 basis points.
As bad as it sounds (which it is bad...but not terrible) it's actually not even the worst the market has dropped.
It is the largest points, but that's because the economy is doing so well and has grown to such a level that a small percentage equates to more points nowadays.
In fact, one of the more recent times was only back in 2008 when the Dow was only in the 8000-9000 range. It closed at 8,577.91 resulting in a −733.08 loss. The percentage of the loss equaled 7.87%. Compared to Monday's loss of 7.79%, it was worse.
The absolute worst single day percentage loss was in 1987 which experienced a loss of 22.61%.
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