Mar 13, 2020 - Economy & Business

Stock losses are mounting around the globe

Data: FactSet; Chart: Axios Visuals

Overseas stocks performed even worse than the U.S. on Thursday.

The state of play: Europe’s benchmark index fell 11.5%, its worst day in history; Brazil’s Bovespa dropped as much as 20%, extending this year’s loss to nearly 50% in dollar terms; Canada’s benchmark TSX index lost 12%, for its worst day since 1940.

  • MSCI's All Country World Index, which tracks stock exchanges in 49 countries, fell by 9.5% and is now at its lowest level since early 2017.

The big picture: The losses are mounting because there has not yet been a coherent global policy response and perhaps, more importantly, nothing from the world's largest economy, analysts say.

  • "Market psychology is focused on a U.S. fiscal response, perhaps as a shorthand for U.S. leadership domestically and internationally in this moment of crisis," Marc Chandler, managing director at Bannockburn Global Forex, said in a note to clients.
  • Further, he added in a conversation with Axios: "The focus continues to be on the U.S. because the virus outbreak is growing fast and we seem to be behind the curve. We’re still the key country."

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Coronavirus forces record-low business conditions

Data: New York Federal Reserve; Chart: Axios Visuals

The first piece of concrete data on the U.S. economy since the COVID-19 outbreak started to significantly impact U.S. firms was released Monday and the results were not good.

Driving the news: The New York Fed's Empire State business conditions index fell by a record 34.4 points this month to its lowest level since the financial crisis in 2009, based on surveys conducted March 2–10. Economists had expected a reading in the single digits.

Stocks rebound after Wall Street’s worst day since 1987

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Stocks closed up more than 9% on Friday, following the stock market's worst day in 30 years.

Why it matters: Stocks jumped during Trump's coronavirus press conference, ending Wall Street's wild week with its best single-day performance since the financial crisis.

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Coronavirus outbreak has likely already pushed multiple countries into recession

A trader at the New York Stock Exchange on March 5. Photo: Michael Nagle/Xinhua via Getty) (Xinhua/Michael Nagle via Getty Images

Benchmark U.S. 10-year Treasury yields fell to under 0.5% with the 30-year below 1% for the first time ever, oil plummeted by as much as 31%, Australia's ASX index lost 7.3% (its worst day since the financial crisis) and markets in Asia and Europe cratered.

What happened: The economic shock of the coronavirus looks set to worsen as more places around the world, including the U.S., may institute quarantine measures that would severely reduce consumer activity.