NEW YORK (1) – A historic plunge in U.S. crude oil prices pulled international fairness markets lower on Monday and helped drive bond prices increased as buyers sought out secure havens amid the financial carnage of the coronavirus pandemic.

FILE PHOTO: The New York Inventory Trade (NYSE) is seen in the monetary district of lower Manhattan through the outbreak of the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) in New York Metropolis, New York, U.S., April 13, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

With some international crude storage services almost at capability, the front-month Might benchmark U.S. crude contract CLc1 fell 307.44%, to -$37.90 per barrel, the primary time in historical past that oil futures traded in unfavorable territory. Brent LCOc1 was at $26.05, down 7.23%.

“For oil there’s a little bit of a technical story (with storage), however nonetheless, if power consumption is down 30% and OPEC reduces provide by 10%, there may be nonetheless a big hole,” mentioned Elwin de Groot, Rabobank’s head of macro technique.

MSCI’s gauge of shares throughout the globe .MIWD00000PUS shed 1.15%, following broad declines in Asia and slight good points in Europe pushed by the healthcare sector.

On Wall Avenue, the Dow Jones Industrial Common .DJI fell 592.05 factors, or 2.44%, to 23,650.44, the S&P 500 .SPX misplaced 51.four factors, or 1.79%, to 2,823.16, and the Nasdaq Composite .IXIC dropped 89.41 factors, or 1.03%, to eight,560.73.

Even with Monday’s decline, the S&P 500 .SPX has rallied 26.1% from its March low, thanks in half to the acute easing steps taken by the Federal Reserve and a $2.three trillion stimulus package deal handed by Congress.

But analysts are doubtless underestimating the affect of the worldwide financial lockdown on company earnings outcomes, mentioned Jonathan Golub, chief U.S. fairness strategist at Credit score Suisse Securities.

America has by far the world’s largest variety of confirmed coronavirus circumstances, with greater than 750,000 infections and over 40,500 deaths, in response to a 1 tally.

The greenback edged increased because the tumbling oil prices pressured oil-linked currencies. The greenback index =USD, which measures the buck towards a basket of main currencies =USD, rose 0.121%, with the euro EUR= down 0.15% to $1.086.

Bond markets steered buyers anticipate robust financial occasions forward. Benchmark 10-year notes US10YT=RR final rose 12/32 in worth to yield 0.6179%, from 0.656% late on Friday, in contrast with 1.91% at first of the 12 months.

“We’re coping with scales of declining financial exercise that no person has seen earlier than. The potential hit to GDP in the second quarter this 12 months will in all probability far exceed what we noticed on the worst level of the monetary disaster,” Capital Group economist Robert Lind mentioned in a observe.

Promoting stress on Italian authorities bonds has returned in the previous week, undoing a few of the advantages of the European Central Financial institution’s huge bond-buying scheme, after euro zone politicians didn’t comply with frequent debt issuance as a method of addressing the disaster.

Italian Prime Minister Guiseppe Conte used an interview with Germany’s Sueddeutsche Zeitung on Monday to repeat requires the EU to subject frequent euro zone bonds to exhibit the bloc’s solidarity.

Reporting by David Randall; Enhancing by Dan Grebler and Leslie Adler