Investing.com – Wall Street sank in early trading to start the week Monday as concerns about the restarting of the U.S. economy and worries the OPEC+ oil deal won’t be enough to counter demand destruction brought out sellers.
The fell 2%, or 485 points, while the broader also lost 2%. The tech-heavy dropped 1%.
managed to reverse earlier losses, with WTI futures up 1.9% at $23.18.
Shares opened lower and the drop later accelerated following a cautious prediction from New York’s mayor. Mayor Bill DeBlasio said it may take until June for the city to see a low virus spread, Briefing.com reported.
U.S. health officials have reiterated calls to ramp up testing for the coronavirus as the White House considers when and how to lift stay-at-home restrictions.
“It’s becoming clear that reaching the virus crescendo does not automatically translate into a timeline for when an economy will re-open,” said Marios Hadjikyriacos, investment analyst at online broker XM in Cyprus.
Among individual stocks, Ford Motor (NYSE:) fell 4.9% after it warned it lost about $600 million in the first quarter.
Only Ford’s joint ventures in China, where the coronavirus pandemic has been receding, are currently producing vehicles. The automaker said it is working on a scenario for a phased restart of its manufacturing plants beginning in the second quarter.
And DISH Network (NASDAQ:) lost 5.6% after it said it will be cutting jobs and reevaluating its business in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The pandemic has forced us to take a closer look at every aspect of our business, at our work volumes, our areas of focus and investments, and the performance of our team members,” Chief Executive Office Erik Carlson told employees in an internal memo.
— Reuters contributed to this report.
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