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Market Snapshot: Dow ends sharply lower, but books biggest weekly gain since 1938 in bounce after coronavirus-inspired rout

U.S. stock indexes ended sharply lower Friday, failing to get a lasting lift from approval by Congress of a $2 trillion economic stimulus package to counter the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, but equities mostly booked double-digit weekly gains to take back a chunk of losses seen this month.

How are benchmarks performing?

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -4.06% dropped 915.39 points, or 4.1%, to end at 21,636.78, while the S&P 500 index SPX, -3.37% fell 88.60 points, or 3.4%, to 2,541.47. The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -3.79% lost 295.16 points, or 3.8%, to finish at 7,502.38.

On Thursday, the Dow marked its best three-day gain since 1931, while it was the best such gain for the S&P since 1933. Despite Friday’s decline, the Dow booked a 12.8% weekly advance, its strongest since 1938, while the S&P 500 rose 10.3% for its biggest such jump since 2008. The Nasdaq’s 9.1% weekly rise was the biggest since March 2009.

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Since their peaks, the Dow still stands 26.8% below its record high, the S&P 500 is down 25% from its Feb. 19 peak and the Nasdaq Composite Index US:COMP is off 23.6% from its all-time high.

What’s driving the market?

The week’s sharp stock-market rebound was attributed partly to optimism over the U.S. fiscal stimulus plan in concert with aggressive monetary policy easing by the Federal Reserve and other major central banks. Analysts, however, warned that stocks could still see significant pressure in coming weeks or months as investors keep an eye on the tally of COVID-19 infections and deaths as well as a series of dire economic numbers reflecting the lockdown of large parts of the U.S. and other countries.

“Economic data is deteriorating quickly, and we still have few signs on just how severe the economic impact will be. Earnings estimates are falling, and many companies are completely withdrawing guidance, making it tougher to investors to predict how low profits could go,” said Lindsey Bell, chief investment strategist at Ally Invest, in emailed comments.

Investors are “bracing for more downside, evidenced by the CBOE Volatility Index still near 11-year highs”, she said.The index VIX, +7.44%, a measure of expected S&P 500 volatility over the coming 30 days, was at 62.43 Friday — remaining well above its long-term average near 20.

The House of Representatives on Friday approved a $2 trillion coronavirus relief package in a voice vote, with the move coming after Kentucky Republican Thomas Massie’s push for a recorded vote failed. The legislation was signed into law quickly by President Donald Trump, after the close.

Markets have been focused on the rising cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. which has now identified more infections than China. here are now nearly 86,000 confirmed cases of the disease in the U.S., compared with about 82,000 in China, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

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In U.S. economic reports, a reading of consumer spending showed an increase of a mild 0.2% in February, the government said Friday. Spending, the main engine of the economy, had slowed a bit in 2020 ahead of the coronavirus. Spending is expected to dramatically weaken in the next few months as the economy falls into recession.

Meanwhile, the final March reading for the University of Michigan consumer sentiment index fell to 89.1 from a preliminary reading of 95.9 and a 101.0 reading in the prior month.

Which stocks were in focus?
  • Shares of General Motors Co. GM, -5.23% fell more than 5%. Trump, after the closing bell, signed a presidential memorandum directing the government to use “any and all authority available under the Defense Production Act” to compel the automaker to manufacture ventilators for patients with COVID-19. Trump earlier criticized the company, saying negotiations were taking too long.
  • Shares of Procter & Gamble Co. PG, +2.60%rose 2.6%, one of only two gainers among the Dow’s 30 components, after Stifel Nicolaus analyst Mark Astrachan said it was time to buy.
  • Carnival Corp.shares CCL, -19.14% as well as those for Royal Caribbean CruisesRCL, -15.05% and Norwegian Cruise Line HoldingsNCLH, -23.49%fell sharply after those cruise line companies were left out of the initial $2 trillion coronavirus relief package.
  • Shares of MGM Resorts InternationalMGM, -9.37% sank more than 9% in trading Friday, snapping a 6-day win streak in which they rocketed 88%, after the casino operator provided an update of the COVID-19-related financial impact.
How did other markets trade?

In bond markets, the yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury note TMUBMUSD10Y, +0.00% gave up 13.3 basis points to trade at 0.679%. Yields fall as Treasury prices rise.

Meanwhile, crude-oil ended sharply lower, with the price of a barrel of West Texas Intermediate crude CL00, +1.53% falling $1.09, or 4.8%, to $21.51 on the New York Mercantile Exchange. In precious metals, April goldGCJ20, +0.34% fell $26.20, or 1.6%, to settle at $1,625 an ounce. For the week, prices for the most-active contract rose 9.5%, which marked the biggest weekly rise since September 2008, according to FactSet.

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The U.S. dollar retreated Friday, compared with a basket of its major peers. The ICE U.S. dollar index DXY, -1.05% was off more than 4% his week, suffering its biggest fall since 2009 as Federal Reserve currency swaps with other central banks satisfied a shortage of dollars which had driven the index to a three year high.

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