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Trading temporarily halted as stocks open down 1,800 points

A drastic decline in global oil demand, due in part to Coronavirus fears, led to significant losses in global markets overnight, and prompted a temporary suspension of trading in the U.S. after stocks opened Monday morning.

The DOW Jones Industrial Average opened trading down 1,800 from Friday’s close.

So-called ‘circuit breakers’ are now built into U.S. markets. A significant percentage drop in the indices will automatically trigger a temporary suspension of trading.

A decline of at least 7% of the S&P 500 will trigger a 15 minute halt across U.S. markets.

This is the first time trading has been suspended since 2016.


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