US market records sharp decline in stocks
Indexes on the US stock market ended Monday in red territory as investors shift focus on the dollar as a safe haven to preserve positions from uncertainty in American fiscal aid because of the coronavirus.
The Dow Jones ended 1.8% lower, while the S&P 500 was down 1.1%. The S&P 500 VIX index, also known as the fear index, jumped 6.9% to signal high volatility in equities.
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The Nasdaq closed 0.13% down. FAANG tech stocks -- Facebook and Google parent Alphabet –each shaved around almost 2%.
The decline in stocks and commodities came right before US Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin appear Tuesday before a House of Representatives Financial Services Committee hearing on fiscal policy.
While the positive impact of the US' $2 trillion bill passed in March is deteriorating, and Congress agreeing to a new stimulus deal more unlikely, investors are cashing in their positions in commodities and hoarding the dollar as a safe bet against uncertainties of coronavirus.
Bitcoin fell nearly 3.5%, -- while Etherium and Ripple was down around 6.8% and 5.9%, respectively.