- US stocks fell sharply on Monday as a new COVID-19 strain identified in the UK weighed on investor sentiment.
- The mutated virus strain is said to be more contagious and has led to new lockdown measures and travel restrictions in the UK just ahead of Christmas.
- A new $900 billion stimulus deal from Congress that includes $600 direct checks wasn’t enough to counter investor concerns about the mutated virus.
- Watch major indexes update live here.
US stocks declined on Monday as investors grappled with a new COVID-19 strain identified in the UK that’s said to be more contagious.
Renewed virus concerns outweighed the $900 billion stimulus deal from Congress that includes $600 stimulus checks and expanded unemployment benefits.
Much is still unknown about the mutated virus, including how well vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna can protect against it.
Surging COVID-19 cases and concerns about the new variant of the virus have led to lockdown measures and travel restrictions for the UK. France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, and the Netherlands have banned flights from the UK, and Austria and Sweden are preparing to do the same.
Here’s where US indexes stood shortly after the 9:30 a.m. ET open on Monday:
Video: Dow futures slide on concerns of new Covid strain in Europe (CNBC)
Travel stocks plummeted on Monday as investors grappled with the renewed risk of a longer shutdown and travel restrictions. Airline stocks fell as much as 9%, while cruise-line stocks dropped as much as 12%.
Gold rose as much as 1.4%, to $1,906.82 per ounce.