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Stocks took a hit on Wednesday, with the S&P 500, Dow Jones Industrials Average and Nasdaq dropping more than 3% across the board.

Why it matters: The volatility is a break from the stock market grinding higher in the face of spiking coronavirus cases, a stalling economy and gridlocked negotiations over an additional stimulus package.

Background: New lockdowns are being imposed in Europe as nations exceed daily infection records and COVID-19 cases also surge across the United States.

Details: Stock indices in Germany, France and Italy fell over 3% on Wednesday.

  • The S&P 500 fell 3.5%, while the Dow Jones Industrials Average dropped 3.4% (or 940 points). The Nasdaq sunk 3.7%.
  • Oil prices fell more than 5%.

What they're saying: "There's some concern that there could be another round of global shutdowns — maybe not as pervasive as the ones we saw in spring, but enough to put a dent in economic growth," Sameer Samana, global market strategist at Wells Fargo Institute, told Axios earlier this week.

Worth noting: The S&P 500 has dropped over 5% so far this week (the worst since March), per CNBC.

  • Historically, the stock market performs well in the week leading up to Election Day.

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The state of play: China's ByteDance had until Friday to resolve issues raised by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS), which is chaired by Treasury secretary Steve Mnuchin. This was the company's third deadline, with CFIUS having provided two earlier extensions.

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A federal judge on Friday ordered the Trump administration to fully restore the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, giving undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children a chance to petition for protection from deportation.

Why it matters: DACA was implemented under former President Obama, but President Trump has sought to undo the program since taking office. Friday’s ruling will require Department of Homeland Security officers to begin accepting applications starting Monday and guarantee that work permits are valid for two years.