Coronavirus outbreak: NYSE opens down as COVID-19 concerns grow

Live shot of the New York Stock Exchange big board on Thursday, March 19th. Markets are expected to continue their decline when the bell rings at 9:30am ET.

U.S. stocks deepened their sell-off on Wednesday and the Dow erased the last of its gains since U.S. President Donald Trump’s 2017 inauguration, as the coronavirus pandemic threatened to cripple U.S. economic activity.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 1,333.61 points, or 6.28%, to 19,903.77, the S&P 500 lost 130.93 points, or 5.18%, to 2,398.26 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 344.94 points, or 4.7%, to 6,989.84.