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US Stock Markets Fall Again As Coronavirus Takes Economic Toll – NPR, Npr.org

US Stock Markets Fall Again As Coronavirus Takes Economic Toll – NPR, Npr.org
      

            

    

    

        

                The stock market has been in a jarring up-and-down pattern for weeks.                                                                            Spencer Platt / Getty Images                                                        hide caption             

            

    

    

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The stock market has been in a jarring up-and-down pattern for weeks.

        

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The U.S. stock market dropped sharply again Wednesday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average down more than 1, 500 points, about 6%, as market turbulence continues over the coronavirus pandemic .

Total confirmed infections from the virus topped , worldwide and more than 8, 07 People have died.

Vice President Pence tells NPR disruptions from the outbreak could continue until midsummer. President Trump said Wednesday on Twitter that the U.S. border with Canada will be closed temporarily “by mutual consent” but that “trade will not be affected.” It’s the latest in a series of border shutdowns around the world in response to the pandemic.

The stock market has been in a jarring up-and-down pattern for weeks. Just on Tuesday, the Dow soared 1, points , or 5.2%, after the Trump administration unveiled plans for a $ 1 trillion stimulus package and the Federal Reserve unveiled a special loan program to help offset the economic damage.

            

                  

                

          

                    

                  

                

                  

The Dow has fallen more than % from its record high set on Feb. . The broader S&P index fell 5.5% just on Wednesday . European markets were also down sharply.

Oil prices tumbled %, to about $ per barrel. The price of oil has dropped more than 91% so far this year as the world economy has virtually ground to a halt in response to the coronavirus and as major producers Saudi Arabia and Russia have entered a price war.

            

                  

U.S. Stocks Jump As White House Plans $1 Trillion Stimulus

                

          

                    

                  

                

                  

The pandemic is hitting American pocketbooks, with nearly 1 in 5 household experiencing a layoff or a cut in work hours, according to a new NPR / PBS NewsHour / Marist poll . Restaurants, bars, hotels and airlines have been hit hard, but the ripple effects are spreading across the economy and thousands of people are (suddenly out of work ) (Read More) (


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