The Dow Jones had plummeted nearly 3,000 points – 2,997.1, to be exact – at the close of trading on Monday, finishing down 12.93 percent as markets continued to slide despite tripping a circuit-breaker minutes after opening.
The S&P 500 sank a whopping 12 percent, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 13 percent. The Dow has dropped over 30 percent since opening at a high on February 12. This latest Dow drop is the worst since the infamous Black Monday crash in 1987.
While the Federal Reserve has cut rates toward zero in an effort to boost the economy, the continuing closure of schools, restaurants, bars, movie theaters, etc. across the country is affecting the market dramatically and with no end in sight to the coronavirus panic, it’s an unsure market for investors.
Confidence in the markets was not helped by a Monday afternoon press conference where President Donald Trump admitted the federal government could be responding to the coronavirus until “July or August,” possibly longer.
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