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Monday, March 30, 2020

The major global equity markets posted strong gains during a rollercoaster week. Stocks fell and rose as investors reacted to a flood of U.S. unemployment claims and to Congressional approval of a $2 trillion fiscal stimulus package to bolster the U.S economy.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Despite massive central bank interventions, global stock markets generally fell for the week; the major U.S. indexes sustained losses approaching 14%.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Stocks declined for the week. On Thursday, markets plummeted to their worst daily loss since “Black Monday” after the WHO declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. On Friday, markets partially recovered after President Trump declared a national emergency.

Monday, March 9, 2020

Global stock markets had a mixed week; the major U.S. indexes finished in the black after a string of up-and-down sessions. As coronavirus anxiety tightened its grip, investors sought shelter in government bonds.

Monday, March 2, 2020

Stocks fell sharply as the coronavirus drove fears of economic retrenchment and shrinking profits; the S&P 500 sustained its worst weekly loss since the financial crisis.

Monday, February 24, 2020

The major U.S. stock indexes ended down for the week, as flash PMIs telegraphed early warnings that the coronavirus outbreak was hindering the global economy.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Stock market results were mixed for the week. Despite coronavirus concerns, market resilience remained intact; volatility eased, and major indexes hovered near records.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Stock markets gained on good news about China tariffs, job growth and earnings; gains were tempered, however, by the rising coronavirus threat.

Monday, February 3, 2020

Stock prices retreated and volatility spiked as the coronavirus spread outside China. Investors fled stocks fearing the outbreak would disrupt global supply chains and hinder growth.

Monday, January 27, 2020

U.S. stocks tumbled Friday afternoon, bringing an otherwise mixed week to a softer close. While many cited the spreading coronavirus as the main force behind the sell-off, others believed investors were simply taking profits from recent gains.

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