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Stresses Build Up on Wall Street in Week That Felt Like Eternity

  • As markets are roiled by virus, traders stockpile food
  • ‘Person coughs or sneezes, you’re looking over your shoulder’
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The Week that Was in Virus-Rattled Markets

Alex Manzara’s normal routine involves helping clients prepare for what’s coming next in markets. This week, however, the veteran derivatives broker at R.J. O’Brien & Associates found himself making a different kind of calculation: how much food to stockpile in case the swiftly spreading coronavirus triggers a run on Chicago-area grocery stores like it has in Hong Kong and Italy.

“If you have food for three weeks, you’re OK,” he concluded, assessing his stash of canned goods, rice, pasta and a case of three-liter cans of olive oil.