Dow sinks 650 points amid surging COVID-19 cases

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Oct. 26 (UPI) — Blue chip U.S. stocks took a nosedive in early trading on Wall Street Monday, losing 650 points in their worst day since early September.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed the day down 650.19 points, or 2.29%, for its worst day since Sept. 3 after falling by as much as 890 points earlier in the day.

The S&P 500 was down about 1.86% and the Nasdaq Composite fell 1.64%.

Analysts say stocks tumbled in part due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the United States and the lack of additional stimulus to aid businesses and Americans. There were about 300,000 new cases nationwide between Thursday and Monday, according to data at Johns Hopkins University.

Monday’s losses came a day after White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows added to the dampening mood, saying that the United States was “not going to control” the pandemic.

Rising cases caused travel stocks to sink. Royal Caribbean dropped 9.65% and Norwegian Cruise Line declined 8.45%, while United Airlines fell 7.02% and American Airlines slid 6.35%.

New stimulus is getting less likely as the days pass. The House passed a new round of aid months ago but the Republican-held Senate has failed to reach a consensus and weeks of negotiations between Democratic lawmakers and White House officials have failed to produce an agreement.

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on CNBC Monday that stimulus talks had slowed down but were still ongoing.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who has been leading negotiations with the White House said that a deal must be reached “as soon as possible” but said Congress “cannot accept the administration’s refusal to crush the virus, honor our heroes or put money in the pockets of the American people.”

“In all of our legislation, we have stressed the importance of testing, but the administration has never followed through,” she said. “The Republicans’ continued surrender to the virus — particularly amid the recent wave of cases — is official malfeasance.”


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