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U.S. Stocks Slump After Fauci, Fed Set Somber Tone: Markets Wrap

  • Fauci says early reopen may turn clock back on recovery
  • Fed may curb banks’ dividends due to virus crisis: Quarles
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Stocks tumbled after a U.S. health official warned against a premature reopening of the economy and as traders assessed a dire outlook from Federal Reserve regional chiefs. Treasuries and the dollar climbed.

The S&P 500 extended losses as Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease official, said states reopening too quickly could “set you back on the road on trying to get economic recovery.” Meanwhile, some central bank officials said the virus outbreak and a partial shutdown would risk massive bankruptcies that could create a lasting scar. The Fed could curtail Wall Street banks’ ability to pay dividends by cranking up the amount of capital they need to maintain due to the coronavirus crisis, Governor Randal Quarles said Tuesday.