Dow Jones index falls 2.3%, sets ASX up for declines



  • Dow Jones index falls 2.3%, S&P500 falls 1.9%, and the Nasdaq falls 1.6%. 
  • VIX rises to a six week high of 32.46 points as uncertainty rises
  • ASX futures down 55 points, or 0.9%, Aussie dollar -0.2% to US71.26 cents
  • Spot gold up 0.1% to $US1904.78 per ounce, Brent and WTI crude down more than 3%, Iron ore down 0.8% to $US114.63 a tonne

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Wall Street wrap: Virus fears rattle investors

US stocks fell sharply overnight, deepening last week’s losses, as a troubling increase in coronavirus counts put investors in a selling mood. The skid came as doubts mount on Wall Street that Washington will come through with more stimulus for the economy before Election Day.

The S&P 500 slid 1.9 per cent, its biggest single-day decline in more than a month. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 650 points after having been down more than 960 during the heaviest selling. Technology companies drove much of the broad sell-off, though losses in communications services, financial and industrial stocks helped weigh down the market. Energy stocks also dropped in tandem with crude oil prices.

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Sharp losses tipped for the ASX after global markets soured overnight.

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