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Dow Sees Biggest Drop in 2 Years Amid Outbreak Fears

It falls 1,031 points
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 24, 2020 3:21 PM CST

(Newser) – The Dow Jones Industrial Average sank more than 1,000 points as the spread of the new coronavirus threatened wider damage to the global economy, the AP reports. The drop was the worst for the index in two years and wiped out its gains so far in 2020. Nervous investors scrambled for safety, loading up on gold, US government bonds and other safe-harbor assets. The price of oil fell sharply on expectations that demand for energy would tumble. The Dow lost 1,031 points, or 3.6%, to 27,960. The S&P 500 fell 111, or 3.4%, to 3,225. The Nasdaq fell 355, or 3.7%, to 9,221. (Read more stock market stories.)

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