Mar 9, 2020 - Economy

Trading halted as U.S. stocks plummet

Trader at the New York stock exchange

Traders work the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photo: David Dee Delgado/Getty Images

The stock market fell as much as 7% on Monday morning — a decline so steep that trading was halted for 15 minutes.

Why it matters: The massive sell-off points to Wall Street's anxiety about the global economy. The steep declines come as Saudi Arabia launched an oil price war against Russia over the weekend, while the coronavirus outbreak worsened.

What's going on: Under "circuit breaker" rules, stocks resume trading 15 minutes after the halt. The halt on Monday morning was the first since the rules were implemented after the Great Recession.

  • If there's a subsequent drop of 13% from the last trading close, there will be another 15-minute trading halt.
  • If there's a 20% drop at any point, that would halt trading for the rest of the day.
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