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Oil prices are following U.S. stock futures lower as concerns over the coronavirus outbreak took a bite out of global economy growth expectations. West Texas Intermediate futures were down about 4%, on pace for their worst day since Jan. 8, when they dropped 4.9%. U.S. crude also hit its lowest level since Feb. 18. Brent futures were down 4.2% and reached their lowest level since Feb. 13. âFrancolla, Imbert
As fears over the coronavirus sent stock market futures spiraling lower Monday, traders increasingly looked to the Federal Reserve for a rescue. The market is now pricing in a better than even â 53% â chance of an interest rate cut at the central bank’s April meeting, according to the CME Group’s FedWatch tool. That’s the most aggressive pricing during this cycle and reflective of how anxious Wall Street is getting over the disruptive threat the virus poses. The anticipation has gotten to the point now where traders are assigning a 39% of three cuts before the end of 2020. âCox
Stock futures tumbled on Monday, with the Dow set to open about 700 points lower, as spiking coronavirus cases in Italy, South Korea and the Middle East spark fears of further spread beyond China. The S&P 500 is set to drop 2.4% at the open, which would be the biggest plunge since August 2019. âLi
Technical analysts saw some weak internals in this market at the end of last week, which could be why the decline Monday is a little more severe than expected. Stocks were vulnerable to a decline. “The market is becoming very narrow in terms of stocks that have outperformed the S&P 500 over the last three months,” wrote JC O’Hara, chief market technician for MKM Partners, over the weekend. “Currently, this is the smallest group of winners since the 2007 market top.” âMelloy