US stock sell-off deepens as China lockdown concerns stoke global growth worries
Stocksfell Monday on worries that Beijing is facing a mass lockdown as COVID infections spread.
- The S&P 500, which is back in correction territory, is on track for lose ground for a fourth straight session.
Stocks fell Monday as the risk of widening COVID lockdowns in China inflamed worries about global economic growth.
The S&P 500 and the
Residents were racing to buy a range of supplies ahead of a potential mass lockdown in the city, potentially joining others under similar conditions. Shanghai, China's largest city, was moving into its fourth week of lockdowns, and other areas are under restrictions. Chinese stocks as measured by the CSI 300 fell to a two-year low on Monday, and US stock market's so-called fear gauge, the Cboe VIX Volatility Index, rose to around a six-week high.
Here's where US indexes stood at 9:30 a.m. on Monday:
- S&P 500: 4,232.28, down 0.92%
- Dow Jones Industrial Average: 33,553.93, down 0.76% (257.47 points)
- Nasdaq Composite: 12,742.91, down 0.75%
The S&P 500 slumped 2.8% last week, weighed in part by Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell saying a hefty rate increase of half a percentage point will be considered at the May meeting.
"[Fears] of 50 or even 75 bps hikes at upcoming meetings are what really have investors on edge. The S&P 500 is already in correction territory while the Nasdaq and Russell 2000 are closer to bear market territory," said Bespoke Investment Group. "How far the
Meanwhile, Twitter shares rose with Elon Musk reportedly nearing a deal to buy the social media company.
Elsewhere around the markets, energy historian Daniel Yergin said a ban on Russian crude is the EU's easiest choice among a range of tough options on sanctions.
"Big Short" investor Michael Burry quit Twitter again and complained he warned people that stocks would tumble.
Palm oil prices soared after Indonesia said it will ban exports of the commodity to bring down domestic prices.
Bitcoin fell 1.8% to $38,846.16.
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