Global markets are plunging after the implosion of an alliance between OPEC and Russia caused the worst one-day crash in crude prices in nearly 30 years, fueling panic triggered by the escalation of the coronavirus epidemic.
A look at the markets' tumble:
- S&P 500 (SPX) futures plunged as much as 5% Sunday evening, triggering a limit that prevents futures from trading below that mark.
- Dow (INDU) futures are down more than 1,200 points, or about 4.9%.
- Nasdaq Composite (COMP) futures were down 4.8%.
- Australia's S&P/ASX 200 ended 7.3% lower on Monday, the index's biggest plunge since October 2008.
- Japan's Nikkei 225 (N225) sank 5.1%.
- Hong Kong's Hang Seng (HSI) lost 4.2%.
- China's Shanghai Composite (SHCOMP) shed 3%.
The yield on the 10-year Treasury note, meanwhile, fell below 0.5%, hitting record lows.
What triggered this? The panic began after Saudi Arabia shocked oil markets by launching a price war. The kingdom is trying to retake global market share after Russia refused Friday to go along with OPEC's efforts to rescue the oil market from a plunge in demand caused by the coronavirus outbreak.
What does this mean? Investors are waking up "shell shocked," wrote Stephen Innes, chief market strategist at AxiCorp, in a Monday research note. He described the panic as "complete pandemonium."
Global markets have also been battered in recent days. About $9 trillion was wiped off global stocks in nine days, Bank of America said in a research note after US markets closed deep in the red again on Thursday.
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