Global Markets Surge as
US Agrees on Virus Rescue Deal
March 25, 2020
A $2 trillion economic stimulus deal in Congress to help combat the
effects of the coronavirus outbreak sent global markets higher
The Dow Jones industrial average ended the day up 496 points, a 2% gain.
That improvement coupled with Tuesday’s record 2,100-point surge
produced the Dow’s first back-to-back days of gains in a month.
The S&P500 was up 1%, but the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index fell
News of a stimulus deal also had a positive impact in Europe, with major
indexes in London and Paris 4% higher and Frankfurt closing 2% higher.
Japan’s Nikkei index jumped 8%.
and fear about the virus and its economic toll have rattled markets for
weeks, especially in the past month. Stock prices have fallen sharply,
while governments and central banks have rushed to cut benchmark
interest rates and inject money into national economies to support
businesses and help consumers regain their economic footing.
Congress’ $2 trillion aid package for U.S. businesses and most Americans
is the largest single government investment in the U.S. economy.
But some analysts are still saying the key word is “caution.” They say
the markets are moving a lot faster than the fundamental U.S. economy,
and no one knows where the coronavirus outbreak goes from here.
They are also keeping an eye on what they say is sure to be a surge in
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