March 18, 2020 / 10:08 AM / 5 months ago

US STOCKS-Futures slide again as stimulus high fades

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* Futures off: Dow 3.92%, S&P 3.69%, Nasdaq 4.43%

By Medha Singh

March 18 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures tumbled on Wednesday, pointing to another volatile session for Wall Street on fears that even dramatic stimulus measures would not be able to avert a deep coronavirus-driven recession.

S&P 500 futures were down 92 points, or 3.69%, at their daily down trading limit, while the SPDR S&P 500 ETFs tumbled 5.6%.

Wall Street's main indexes had bounced on Tuesday from a massive selloff a day earlier, as the Trump administration pressed for a $1 trillion stimulus package and the Federal Reserve relaunched a plan to purchase short-term corporate debt.

However, with the COVID-19 disease still spreading rapidly across the globe, investors are alarmed about the extent of the blow to consumer spending, businesses and supply chains, sending financial markets into a tailspin.

The rout has also pressured perceived safe havens, such as gold, as traders offloaded their damaged positions, particularly from the aerospace sector.

At 5:54 a.m. ET, Dow e-minis were down 821 points, or 3.92%, and Nasdaq 100 e-minis were down 328 points, or 4.43%. (Reporting by Medha Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta)

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