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Dow ends more than 900 points lower to kick off April

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By William L. Watts

Stocks kicked off April with steep losses on Tuesday, falling as investors braced for an onslaught of negative news around the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic impact. The Dow Jones Industrial Average /zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime DJIA -0.07% finished around 974 points lower, down 4.4%, near 20,943, according to preliminary figures, while the S&P 500 /zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime SPX +0.48% shed around 114 points, or 4.4%, closing near 2,471. The Nasdaq Composite /zigman2/quotes/210598365/realtime COMP +1.29% ended near 7,361, off around 340 points, or 4.4%. Stocks fell sharply in late February and March before recouping some of the decline, with the S&P 500 logging a 20% quarterly decline, its largest since 2008, and the Dow falling more than 23% for its biggest first-quarter decline on record and largest quarterly fall since 1987. Small-cap stocks have also suffered, with the Russell 2000 Index /zigman2/quotes/210598147/delayed RUT -0.47% falling harder than the other indexes Wednesday with a drop of more than 7%.

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Stocks get rocked to start April trade as investors weigh coronavirus duration; small-cap index plunges 7%

/zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime
US : Dow Jones Global
25,383.11
-17.53 -0.07%
Volume: 545.14M
May 29, 2020 5:14p
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US : S&P US
3,044.31
+14.58 +0.48%
Volume: 4.38B
May 29, 2020 5:14p
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US : U.S.: Nasdaq
9,489.87
+120.88 +1.29%
Volume: 4.24M
May 29, 2020 5:16p
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US : US Composite
1,394.04
-6.64 -0.47%
Volume: 2.26M
May 29, 2020 4:30p
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