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‘Black Monday’ sees biggest drop across global equity markets since 2008

George Geddes

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Equity markets across the globe took a massive hit on what is being branded the latest ‘Black Monday’ following economic uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus.

The crash came as a result of a dramatic fall in oil price as OPEC and its allies failed to agree a production cut over the weekend and demand reached a nine-year low after lack of factory activity and travel caused by the outbreak.

The S&P 500, the largest 500 stocks in the US, fell 7.6% on Monday, causing the New York Stock Exchange to trigger circuit breakers and bringing trading to a halt for 15 minutes. This was last seen in 2008 as investors panicked amid the Global Financial Crisis.

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In London, the FTSE 100 fell 7.3% on Monday, wiping out roughly £150bn in a day.

Elsewhere, the Stoxx Europe 600, ASX 200 (Australia), Nikkei 225 (Japan) and the Hang Seng (Hong Kong) fell 7.4%, 6.7%, 5.2% and 4.3%, respectively.

The early stages of Tuesday morning have seen markets beginning to rebound as all indices, excluding the US which is yet to open, were positive.

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S&P 500 (Black), FTSE 100 (Orange), Nikkei 225 (Blue), Hang Seng (Red), ASX 200 (Green) YTD performances – Source: Bloomberg

Nigel Green, CEO and founder of deVere Group, said: “Oil’s sharpest one-day drop since the 1991 Gulf war has further fuelled the sell-off in global stock markets that started a couple of weeks ago on fears that coronavirus is going to severely damage economic growth.

"With the combination of the implications of the oil stand-off and the outbreak, I now believe that it is almost inevitable that there will be a global recession this year.”

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