Wall Street Close: Bruising losses in US stocks resulting in the worst start to a quarter on record

  • The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended around 974 points lower, down 4.4%, near 20,943.
  • S&P 500 lost about 114 points, or 4.4%, closing near 2,471.
  • The Nasdaq Composite closed near to 7,361, off around 340 points, or 4.4%.

It was not a good start for US benchmarks in the second quarter while investors stick to the sidelines in anticipation of grim headlines pertaining to the global economic crisis s and increasing number so COVID-19 cases and death tolls. Consequently, we witnessed some bruising losses in US stocks resulting in the worst start to a quarter for stock-market bulls ever.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended around 974 points lower, down 4.4%, near 20,943 while the S&P 500 lost about 114 points, or 4.4%, closing near 2,471. The Nasdaq Composite closed near to 7,361, off around 340 points, or 4.4%. Stocks have fallen sharply in late February and March with the S&P 500 marking up a 20% quarterly decline, its largest since the GFC and the Dow dropping more than 23% for its biggest first-quarter decline on record and largest quarterly fall since 1987. 

COVID-19 cases on the rise

New daily confirmed European COVID-19 cases continued to lift sharply. Despite some expectations amongst modellers that the peak in the virus could come in the next 10-14 days, the worryingly high data and lack of uniformity imply restrictions will remain in place for many weeks. Germany extended its lockdown until April 19 and Italy extended until April 13. Governments will review the lockdowns after Easter, but they are unlikely to risk removing them too early as that could invalidate a lot of the progress that the lockdowns are hopefully making.

DJIA levels

The daily chart shows the DJIA correcting higher overall with a 20 exponential moving average acting as resistance. On the hourly chart, however, we have moving key averages acting as classic supports which points towards a period whereby the DJIA will be consolidating for now. A break above or below the 22500 and 21600 levels respectively are of mind while a test and hold above 22500 will allow prices to move higher towards 22700 as long as 21600 stays intact on the downside.


Today last price 20946
Today Daily Change -904.00
Today Daily Change % -4.14
Today daily open 21850
Daily SMA20 22194.7
Daily SMA50 25970.28
Daily SMA100 27148.29
Daily SMA200 26948.54
Previous Daily High 22508
Previous Daily Low 21776
Previous Weekly High 22660
Previous Weekly Low 18216
Previous Monthly High 27086
Previous Monthly Low 18216
Daily Fibonacci 38.2% 22055.62
Daily Fibonacci 61.8% 22228.38
Daily Pivot Point S1 21581.33
Daily Pivot Point S2 21312.67
Daily Pivot Point S3 20849.33
Daily Pivot Point R1 22313.33
Daily Pivot Point R2 22776.67
Daily Pivot Point R3 23045.33



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