Global shares plunged Thursday after the World Health Organization declared a coronavirus pandemic and indexes sank on Wall Street. France’s CAC 40 dived 6.6% while Germany’s DAX lost 6.7%. Britain’s FTSE 100 plummeted 6.5%. The future contract for the Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbled 5.2% while the S&P 500 lost 4.9%. There was no sign of a revival of confidence in Asia. Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 shed 4.4%. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 cratered 7.4%. South Korea’s Kospi fell 4.7%. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng lost 3.7% and the Shanghai Composite index dropped 1.9%. Thailand’s benchmark plunged 10% in the afternoon session, triggering a 30-minute halt to trading. After it resumed, the benchmark remained down 10%. India’s Sensex swooned 7%. Jackson Wong of Amber Hill Capital Ltd., in Hong Kong said traders were in “a typical panic mode, but whether this panic mode will stop in the short term, it really will depend on how the virus incident goes forward.”  The recent decline has been one of Wall Street’s swiftest. The fastest the S&P 500 has ever fallen from a record into a bear market was over 55 days in 1987. Vicious swings are becoming routine as investors rush to sell amid uncertainty


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