U.S. stock futures tick up after Wall Street's ugly start to April

 marketwatch.com  04/01/2020 23:31:00   Mike Murphy

U.S. stock index futures rose late Wednesday, suggesting gains when trading resumes Thursday morning following another day of sharp losses on Wall Street. As of 10:15 p.m. Eastern, Dow Jones Industrial Average futures YM00, +1.00% were up around 220 points, or 1%, while S&P 500 futures ES00, +1.11% and Nasdaq-100 futures NQ00, +0.92% also rose about 1%. Earlier in the day, stocks sank, with the three main indexes registering declines of at least 4%. The Dow DJIA, -4.44% fell nearly 1,000 points, as it and the S&P 500 SPX, -4.41% logged the worst start to a quarter in history. Investors were apparently reacting to President Donald Trump's warning Tuesday afternoon that the coming weeks will be "very tough" as the death toll from the coronavirus pandemic surges and businesses remain closed in an effort to slow its spread.

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