S&P 500 Futures Plunges as Coronavirus Declared a Global Pandemic

The S&P 500 futures plunged 7.6% to 2,746.56 as the fears about the spread of the new coronavirus sent investors scrambling out of stocks.

12 March 2020 | HYCM – I came across a short piece this AM on Market’s Live Blog highlighting that S&P 500 futures latest falls bring the 30% fall figure into play. That would take it back to the December 2018 trade war outbreak low between the US and China.

SP500 Futures Plunges

Now at the start of the year, the question was, ‘will bond yields rise and follow equities, or will equities fall and follow the falling bond yields’. It was the mother of divergences that has finally been answered, ‘Equities are in deep falls in line with bond yields falling to record lows’. It just took a global virus to decide the case.

How low can we go?

With the World Health Organisation declaring the coronavirus a global outbreak and the speed of the virus spreading. It is a slightly delayed chart, but I have been following it for the last couple of weeks and you can see that a global pandemic was inevitable.

SP500 Futures Plunges

So, at what point do long term investors step in and grab a real bargain? With the virus outbreak anticipated to be temporary, this could be a great opportunity to buy into some of the world’s best indexes at good prices for the long haul. With the peak of the virus still ahead, it seems that new lows are imminent. However, at some point, the market will get ahead of itself and good long term bargains can be had.


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