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Stocks Pummeled, Havens Jump as Virus Fears Mount: Markets Wrap
(Bloomberg) -- Stocks tumbled globally alongside U.S. equity futures on Monday as nations struggled to keep the coronavirus epidemic from spreading further beyond China. Treasuries jumped with gold.In a dramatic day across markets, these were some of the standout moves:The Stoxx Europe 600 Index slid as much as 3.4%, heading for its biggest drop since 2016, as investors fled travel and luxury shares. A gauge of credit risk on the region's high-yield companies rose the most since March 2018.Contracts on the three main U.S. stock indexes were all down more than 2%, while the yield on 10-year Treasuries sank to its lowest since 2016.South Korea's benchmark dropped 3.9%, leading declines across Asia, though Japan's markets were shut for a holiday.Spot gold approached $1,700, while Brent crude oil tumbled 3%.The risk-off mood was triggered by multiple outbreaks of the virus beyond its origin in China, with South Korea reporting a jump in infections, while Italy locked down an area of 50,000 people near Milan. Finance chiefs and central bankers from the largest economies warned this weekend that they saw the virus bringing downside risks to global growth.Risk assets are reeling as governments and companies grapple to contain the outbreak of a novel pathogen that can be transmitted by people without symptoms. Adding to the confusion was China's announcement that the quarantine of Wuhan would be eased, and then retracting the statement. "While the coronavirus is probably slowing in China, it is speeding u

FT.com - Financial MarketsFeb 24, 2020
Stocks tumble as haven assets rally on coronavirus fears
Investors shift away from riskier assets on signs outbreak is gathering pace outside China

Yahoo BusinessFeb 24, 2020
Outbreak Spreads in Gulf, Italy; Markets Roiled: Virus Update
(Bloomberg) -- The coronavirus outbreak spread further outside China, sparking fears of a global pandemic. Italy, now the virus's epicenter on the continent, is studying measures to support the local economy.Infections spiked again in South Korea and Iran, while Afghanistan, Bahrain and Kuwait all reported their first cases. That led to a renewed plunge in stocks globally and Europe's debt risk jumped the most in two years.The Chinese government said it would postpone annual legislative meetings. Earlier on Monday, China said it would ease the quarantine in Wuhan and then abruptly reversed hours later, saying the lockdown would remain in place.Key DevelopmentsAfghanistan, Bahrain, Kuwait confirm first casesWuhan retracts statement on quarantine easing measureKorea to send 1,000 hospital beds to virus-hit city, expand screeningTotal China cases at 77,150, up by 409; death toll 2,592Worldwide death toll 2,624; total cases 79,440Click VRUS on the terminal for news and data on the coronavirus and here for maps and charts. For analysis of the impact from Bloomberg Economics, click here.Europe Debt Risk Jumps Most Since March 2018 (4:47 p.m. HK)The Markit iTraxx Europe Crossover index of credit-default swaps on high-yield companies rose 14.5bps to about 234bps, the most since March 2018.China Bans Wildlife Trading and Consumption (4:47 p.m. HK)China's top legislature decides to fully ban wildlife trading and consumption, state-run China Central Television reported.China Postpones Annual Legislative Meetings (4:23

Reuters Company NewsFeb 24, 2020
Milan stocks hit near 3-week low as virus pandemic fears knock Europe
A jump in number of coronavirus cases outside China hit European shares on Monday, as investors feared the outbreak will take a bigger toll on global growth than anticipated.
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