Dec 26, 2018

Dow posts biggest single-day point gain in history

The 'Fearless Girl' statue stands at its new location in front of the New York Stock Exchange. Photo: Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 1,086 points up — a nearly 5% gain — on Wednesday, the index's largest single-day point gain in history. The Nasdaq finished up 5.84% and the S&P 500 up 4.96%.

Why it matters, per Axios' Felix Salmon: Stock market volatility is the new normal. All three of the United States' major stock indices easily erased their losses from Monday, which was their worst Christmas Eve on record.

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Fear of coronavirus pandemic escalates

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In the blink of an eye, we've entered a new phase on the coronavirus.

The big picture: Italy, Iran and South Korea are at "decisive" points in their responses, the World Health Organization said on Thursday.

Stocks fall 4% as sell-off worsens

A trader on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photo: Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images

Stocks fell more than 4% on Thursday, extending the market’s worst week since the financial crisis in 2008 following a spike in coronavirus cases around the world.

The big picture: All three indices are in correction, down over 10% from recent record-highs, amid a global market rout. It's the S&P 500's quickest decline into correction territory in the index's history, per Deutsche Bank.

Coronavirus updates: California monitors 8,400 potential cases

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

33 people in California have tested positive for the coronavirus, and health officials are monitoring 8,400 people who have recently returned from "points of concern," Gov. Gavin Newsom said Thursday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,800 people and infected over 82,000 others in some 50 countries and territories. The novel coronavirus is now affecting every continent but Antarctica, and the WHO said Wednesday the number of new cases reported outside China has exceeded those inside the country for the first time.

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