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European stock index futures fall as virus fears build

European stock index futures fall as virus fears build

FILE PHOTO: The German share price index DAX graph is pictured at the stock exchange in Frankfurt, Germany, February March 13, 2020. REUTERS/Staff (Reuters) – European stock index futures fell more than 4% on Monday as dramatic monetary easing by global central banks failed to reassure investors that the economic damage from the coronavirus pandemic

FILE PHOTO: The German share price index DAX graph is pictured at the stock exchange in Frankfurt, Germany, February March 13, 2020. REUTERS/Staff

(Reuters) – European stock index futures fell more than 4% on Monday as dramatic monetary easing by global central banks failed to reassure investors that the economic damage from the coronavirus pandemic could be curtailed.

The Fed on Sunday slashed interest rates to near zero and pledged hundreds of billions of dollars in asset purchases, saying the epidemic was having a “profound” impact on the economy.

Central banks in Australia and New Zealand followed with their own measures, but could not stem a slide in global stocks. S&P 500 futures ESCv1 tumbled 4.77% to their daily down limit. [MKTS/GLOB]

Euro Stoxx 50 futures STXEc1 were off 4.2% at 0700 GMT, while German DAX futures FDXc1 shed 4.5%.

French FCEc1 and Spanish MFXIc1 slumped 4.7% and 3.7%, respectively, as the two countries joined Italy in enforcing a national lockdown.

Reporting by Sagarika Jaisinghani in Bengaluru; Editing by Anil D’Silva

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