U.S. stock  lower in pre-market trading for,April 02.The Nasdaq Futures is trading at 7,526.75 up with +1.18% percent or +88.00 point.The Dow Futures is trading at 21,079.00 up with +1.63% percent or +339.00 point. The S&P 500 Futures is trading at 2,485.38 up with +1.53% percent or +37.38 point.

In other parts of world, Japan’s Nikkei 225 is trading at 17,818.72 with a loss of –1.37% percent or -246.69 point. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng is trading at 23,224.48 up with +0.60% percent or +138.69 point. China’s Shanghai  Composite is trading at 2,780.64 up with +1.69% percent or +46.12  point. India’s BSE Sensex is trading at 28,265.31 with a loss of  –4.08% percent or –1,203.18 point at 12:15 PM.Germany’s DAX is trading at 9,578.61 up with +0.35% percent or +33.86 point. France’s CAC 40 is trading at 4,244.16 up with +0.88% percent or +36.92 point. The Stoxx Europe 600 is trading at 312.18 up with +0.45% percent or +1.40  point.

Thursday’s Factors and Events

After taking a hit during the first three months of 2020, the worst quarter for financial markets since 2008, investors are now weighing their options. Is it better to stay in and not realize sharp losses, or cut and run before stocks fall much lower and corporations stop paying out dividends and halt buybacks?

With COVID-19 still the primary risk factor pressuring global populations and markets—reported cases worldwide are currently above 940,000 and rising, and fatalities now at 47,500+, America is tightening restrictions which could bring the U.S. economy to a halt, possibly for the first time in its history.

Wednesday Activity

For the day The Nasdaq Composite is trading at 7,360.58 with a loss of –4.41% percent or –339.52 point.the Dow is trading at 20,943.51 with a loss of –4.44% percent or –973.65 point. The S&P 500 is trading at 2,470.50 with a loss of –4.41% percent or –114.09 point. 

Other leading market index closes included the small-cap Russell 2000 Index closed at 1,071.99  with a loss of -7.03% percent or -81.11  point; the S&P 600 Small-Cap Index closed at 635.66  with a loss of –7.18% percent or  ?49.18 point; the S&P 400 Mid-Cap Index closed at 1,361.21  with a loss of –5.69% percent or -82.19 point; the S&P 100 Index closed at 1,139.31  with a loss of –4.06% percent or ?48.17 point; the Russell 3000 Index closed at 1,420.27 with a loss of –4.65% percent or ?69.31 point; the Russell 1000 Index closed at 1,352.66  with a loss of -4.51% or ?63.83 point.