Trump talks stocks amid coronavirus plunge

Coronavirus fears erased all the gains for the Dow and the S&P in 2020

The Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 registered their third-worst point drop in history on Monday as fears over the coronavirus spreading beyond China took its toll.

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
I:DJI DOW JONES AVERAGES 35058.52 -85.79 -0.24%
SP500 S&P 500 4401.46 -20.84 -0.47%
I:COMP NASDAQ COMPOSITE INDEX 14660.575708 -180.14 -1.21%

Shortly after the Dow closed 1,031.61 points lower, President Trump, in a tweet, insisted the virus is under control and any selloff today is likely an opportunity.

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"The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA. We are in contact with everyone and all relevant countries. CDC & World Health have been working hard and very smart. Stock Market starting to look very good to me!" he tweeted during his historic trip to India.

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged by as many as 1,080 points, or 3.7 percent intraday, before trimming its losses while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq fell by as much as 3.5 percent and 4 percent, respectively.

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The point drop for the Dow and S&P, now in negative territory for 2020, was the largest since February of 2018. For the Nasdaq it was the steepest point decline since December of 2018.

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