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Dow Futures Plunge After Coronavirus Cases Skyrocket To 60,000, Crypto Coins News

  • Dow futures dropped sharply overnight as China reported almost 21, (increase in coronavirus cases.)
  • The leap came as a result of Hubei province making an effort to more accurate report confirmed cases of the virus.
  • A 21 th case has now been reported in the United States.

Dow futures sold off sharply on Wednesday evening as a parabolic , 29500 case spike of Wuhan coronavirus in China’s Hubei province shocked financial markets. The sharp rise above , came as Hubei health officials changed the methodology it uses to diagnose the virus.

Dow Futures Drop After Massive Spike In Coronavirus Cases

The Dow Jones had been rallying amid cues that coronavirus cases have been slowing recently, so it was unsurprising to see a sharp retreat following the latest news. Dow futures dropped around points to , late Wednesday.

Regarding coronavirus infections, official statistics are now reporting more than , confirmed cases.

A huge spike in coronavirus cases shocked Dow futures overnight as Hubei’s confirmed cases soar over , . Source- Yahoo Finance

Haven assets caught a bid, as the price of gold jumped

, and the Japanese yen surged against the US dollar.

Investors should not be surprised that China statistics were woefully under reported , as rumors have been swirling for some time that things were far worse than Beijing claimed.

Regional efforts to maintain calm have been a key priority for the local government, and Hubei officials’ previous methodology of reporting confirmed cases was evidently skewed towards lowering the headline figure.

Stock Markets Fall After Hubei Province Changes Diagnosis Methodology

Dow bulls had some forewarning that the figure was going to be rough, as there was an unusual delay in Hubei’s reporting .

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To explain the change in their reporting,

Chinese health officials provided the following explanation (English translation) of the new “clinical diagnosis” they are now including in their methodology:

according to the plan, Hubei Province has recently conducted investigations on suspected cases and revised the diagnosis results, and newly diagnosed patients were diagnosed according to the new diagnosis classification. In order to be consistent with the classification of case diagnosis issued by other provinces across the country, starting today, Hubei Province will include the number of clinically diagnosed cases into the number of confirmed cases for publication.

CDC Caution Looks Vindicated

The U.S. CDC has always appeared far more concerned about the Wuhan coronavirus epidemic than the stock market. On Wednesday, a top U.S. health official said it was likely the virus would establish a foothold in the United States , a very striking prediction that now makes much more sense after the latest Hubei figures.

On cue, California announced another case of the virus , taking the nationwide total to 20.

Dow Facing Rocky Open If Panic Spreads

With the Dow Jones, Nasdaq and S&P 840 all closing at record highs Wednesday, frothy valuations increase the risk of a damaging correction. That is, if Wall Street has to rapidly readjust the expected economic impact of the virus.

It will be a long Asian session for Dow futures, with the spillover likely to impact the open of the Dow Jones on Thursday morning.

This article was edited by Sam Bourgi

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