The Dow Jones Industrial Average is now negative for the year

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U.S. equity markets were under severe pressure Monday following a surge in the number of coronavirus cases outside China.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged by as many as 1,030 points, or 3.6 percent, before slightly trimming its losses while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq fell by as much as 3.5 percent and 4 percent, respectively. The early selling dropped the Dow into negative territory for 2020.

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
I:DJI DOW JONES AVERAGES 27967 -1,025.41 -3.54%
SP500 S&P 500 3230.48 -107.27 -3.21%
I:COMP NASDAQ COMPOSITE INDEX 9227.998213 -348.59 -3.64%

The barrage of selling came after South Korea, the country with the third-most cases, reported 161 new cases on Monday, raising its total number of cases to 763 and its death toll by two to seven. Italy and Iran said their number of new cases jumped to 152 and 43, respectively.

Meanwhile, China’s National Health Commission reported 409 new cases and 150 new deaths on Monday, raising those totals to 77,150 and 2,592, respectively.

The updated figures came after Chinese President Xi Jinping warned the outbreak would deliver a blow to the Chinese economy.

“The outbreak of novel coronavirus pneumonia will inevitably have a relatively big impact on the economy and society,” Xi said, adding the crisis is a “big test” for Chinese leadership.

Looking at stocks, travel-related names were sharply lower. Delta and United airlines were weaker along with cruise operators Carnival Corp. and Royal Caribbean and casino operators Wynn Resorts and MGM Resorts International.

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
DAL DELTA AIR LINES INC. 53.61 -4.26 -7.36%
UAL UNITED AIRLINES HLDG. 74.93 -3.08 -3.95%
CCL CARNIVAL CORP. 38.09 -3.60 -8.64%
WYNN WYNN RESORTS LIMITED 121.90 -6.05 -4.73%

Big technology names also saw heavy selling with Apple, Facebook and Amazon seeing notable losses.

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
AAPL APPLE INC. 300.10 -12.95 -4.14%
FB FACEBOOK INC. 199.41 -10.77 -5.12%
AMZN AMAZON.COM INC. 2,003.62 -92.35 -4.41%

Meanwhile, drugmakers working to develop vaccines and treatment for the coronavirus gained. Gilead Sciences, Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Novavax and Nanoviricides were all higher.

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
GILD GILEAD SCIENCES INC. 72.05 +2.35 +3.37%
NVAX NOVAVAX INC. 8.15 +0.43 +5.57%
NNVC NANOVIRICIDES INC 9.28 +2.66 +40.18%

Elsewhere, Boeing fell after offering more support for suppliers who have been impacted by the 737 Max production freeze.

Wells Fargo outperformed after reaching a $3 billion settlement with the Department of Justice to resolve its fake account scandal.

Berkshire Hathaway was in focus after reporting its full-year 2019 profit reached $81.4 billion, boosted by a new accounting rule that CEO Warren Buffett vehemently disagrees with. Speaking with CNBC on Monday, Buffett said he doesn’t think the coronavirus “should affect what you do in stocks.”

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
BA BOEING COMPANY 318.34 -12.04 -3.64%
WFC WELLS FARGO & COMPANY 46.48 -1.23 -2.57%
BRK.B BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY INC. 221.72 -7.61 -3.32%

Commodities traded mixed with West Texas Intermediate crude oil down 4.7 percent at $50.85 a barrel and gold up 1.6 percent at $1,674 an ounce. The precious metal hit a seven-year high of $1,691.70 earlier Monday.

U.S. Treasurys soared, pushing the yield on the 10-year note down 10.5 basis points to 1.365 percent. The yield is on track to close below its July 5, 2016, record low of 1.376 percent.

European markets were hit hard with Britain’s FTSE, France’s CAC and Germany’s DAX all trading lower by at least 3.6 percent.