Dow Plunges 450 Points as Tech Selloff Intensifies, Stimulus Stalled

The Dow and broader U.S. stock market face strong headwinds as Big Tech continues to unwind from its record rally.

Volatility in the U.S. stock market looks poised to continue post-Labor Day. | Image: Angela Weiss / AFP

  • The Dow Jones Industrial Average declined sharply on Tuesday; Nasdaq and S&P 500 also fell.
  • Big Tech continues to unravel following last week’s flash crash.
  • Democrats and Republicans are expected to announce details later this week on a new funding resolution that would avoid a government shutdown.

The Dow and broader U.S. stock market opened lower on Tuesday, as plunging tech shares extended last week’s selloff of the major indexes.

Dow, S&P 500, Nasdaq Decline

All of Wall Street’s major indexes declined in the first session back from Labor Day, reflecting a volatile pre-market for U.S. stock futures. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 450 points or 1.6%.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged below 28,000 on Tuesday. | Chart: Yahoo Finance

The broad S&P 500 Index of large-cap stocks plunged 2.1%. All 11 primary sectors reported declines, with energy stocks leading the pack. The energy sector fell by 3%. Information technology declined by 2.9%.

Plunging tech shares weighed on the Nasdaq Composite Index, which fell 3.3%.

A measure of implied volatility known as the CBOE VIX spiked at the start of the holiday-shortened week. VIX rose more than 15% on Tuesday to 35.80 on a scale of 1-100, where 20 represents the historic average.

The major indexes fell between 1.8% and 3.3% last week amid signs that the historic tech bubble was beginning to pop. It remains to be seen whether the tech-driven slide is a correction or the beginning of a more protracted bear market. Watch the video below.

Mnuchin: Government Shutdown Will Be Avoided

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Sunday that a deal to keep the government funded through the beginning of December would be finalized this week.

Mnuchin told reporters on Sunday (as per Reuters):

We’re going to move forward with a clean CR (continuing resolution), hopefully through the beginning of December… I hope by the end of the week we’ll have something firmed up.

While the funding agreement ensures that federal agencies won’t shut down on Sept. 30, progress on a Covid-19 stimulus plan remains stalled in Congress. Democrats and Republicans have failed to reach a new funding resolution that would aid Americans impacted by the shutdowns–even after President Trump signed executive orders on Covid-19 relief. Watch the video below.

Pandemic-induced shutdowns have decimated the U.S. economy, though signs of progress have emerged in recent months. Employers added nearly 1.4 million workers to payrolls last month as the national unemployment rate dropped to 8.4%.

The U.S. economy contracted 31.7% annually in the second quarter–the worst drop in recorded history.

Last modified: September 23, 2020 2:29 PM

Sam Bourgi: Financial Editor of CCN.com, Sam Bourgi has spent the past decade focused on economics, markets, and cryptocurrencies. His work has been featured in and cited by some of the world's leading newscasts, including Barron's, CBOE, Yahoo Finance, and Forbes. Sam is based in Ontario, Canada and can be contacted at sam.bourgi@ccn.com or at LinkedIn.