Updated Mar 10, 2020 - Economy & Business

Stocks surge 4% after Wall Street's worst day since 2008

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The stock market closed up more than 4% on Tuesday, recovering half of the losses from Monday's sell-off.

Between the lines: The Trump administration signaled it will work with Congress to try to shore up the economy amid concerns about the effects of the spreading coronavirus and collapsing oil prices.

Source: FactSet; Chart: Axios Visuals
Source: FactSet; Chart: Axios Visuals

By the numbers: The S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite closed up 4.9%, while the Dow finished 4.8% higher (or 1,167 points).

  • The yield on the U.S. 10-year treasury note jumped nearly 20 basis points — a reversal from the sharp drop in yields as nervous investors piled into government bonds, which are considered safe-haven assets.

The bottom line: The S&P 500 is about 15% below the record high hit in mid-February. A decline of 20% from record levels would end the market's record-long bull run.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect the latest stock market developments.

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