Another Brutal Day For Equity Markets

February 27, 2020

Frankfurt (Feb 27)  The brutality continues for the equity markets and the European futures are trading sharply lower once again today. Everyone cannot think of anything but Coronavirus. In Italy, the coronavirus cases continue to escalate, 424 people are infected and 12 individuals have died.  Investors are highly concerned about the impact of coronavirus on global growth. Obviously, without any vaccine on the market, traders aren’t going to feel comfortable and the equity markets are likely to remain rattled.

The Dow Jones index suffered from its worst two-day sell-off in nearly four years yesterday, and sadly, there is still more to come. The Dow Jones index dropped 0.46%, the SP500 fell 0.38% but the Russell index closed higher with a gain of 0.17%. The volatility index, VIX closed lower with a loss of 1.04% but still remained above the critical level of 20 that stimulates fear in the equity markets.

Yesterday’s session was intriguing because the US equity markets did start the day on a positive note however, the optimism started to fade away on the back of more cases of coronavirus cases.

Clearly, the market is highly sensitive and everything is pretty much headline-driven. Investors continue to weigh their options between risk-on and risk-off assets.  Policymakers are still downplaying the risk associated with coronavirus. This is despite the fact that over 81K people are infected and nearly 27K have died because of this.


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