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January 27 – 31 Recap

Worst Week Since August 2

The S&P 500 Index posted its largest weekly decline since August 2 when it then lost 3.1%. Moreover, with market volatility resurfacing last week due to the spreading coronavirus, the S&P 500 registered its first monthly loss since August. Through the weekend, the Wuhan, China-originated virus has claimed the lives of 362 people with 17,846 active cases being treated worldwide. That’s more than quadruple the number of fatalities in a week’s time and more than a six-fold increase in the number of active cases. Late Thursday, the World Health Organization declared a public health emergency and airlines around the world suspended flights to and from China.

Weekly Performance

For the week, the Dow Industrials sank 2.53%, the S&P 500 fell 2.10%, and the Nasdaq Composite retreated 1.75%. The Dow Industrials and the S&P 500 both erased gains for the year with January losses of 0.99% and 0.04% respectively, while the Nasdaq Composite finished the month with a 2.03% gain. The Cboe VIX Market Volatility index surged over 29% last week.

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