The Dow and S&P 500 Just Logged the Worst Start to a Quarter in History as Investors Brace for ‘Very, Very Painful’ Weeks of Coronavirus

All three stock-market indexes book losses of at least 4.4%

by Mark DeCambre
Market Watch

The stock market on Wednesday started the second quarter nearly the same way it ended March, with bruising losses.

A resumption of declines to commence the first trading day in April, or the second quarter, for already-battered equity gauges, resulted in the worst start to a quarter for stock-market bulls ever.

For the broad-market S&P 500 index, its decline of 4.44% represents the index’s worst first day of any quarter on record, according to Dow Jones Market Data. The index was created in 1957, to put things into perspective.

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