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US stock futures point to a third day of big losses, global markets plunge

Volatility shock shakes markets. Here’s what to expect

U.S. stock index futures pared significant losses ahead of Tuesday’s open, but still pointed to a sharply negative open as the sell-off continues to weigh on sentiment worldwide.

During Monday’s late hours, Dow futures were down 826 points, and S&P 500 futures were lower by 76.5 points as of 11:25 p.m. ET, indicating that the implied open for the Dow, based on futures, was a decline of 1,203.75.

Around 7:25 a.m. ET, Dow futures were indicating a roughly 540 point drop at the open, S&P 500 futures suggested a decline of 50 points and Nasdaq futures indicated a 99-point drop.

The Cboe Volatility index — widely considered the best fear gauge on Wall Street — surged to 49.21.

Global markets also fell sharply. The German Dax dropped 2.1 percent, while the French CAC 40 fell 2.4 percent. In Asia, the Japanese Nikkei 225 plunged 4.7 percent, while the Shanghai composite pulled back 3.4 percent.

On Monday, the Dow Jones industrial average dropped 1,175.21 points to close down at 24,345.75 — having briefly declined more than 1,500 points during the session; with other major indexes closing sharply lower. The sell-off kicked into action on Friday, after the latest nonfarm payrolls report saw interest rates in the U.S. jump.

While there was no particular piece of news that pushed major U.S. indexes deep into the red on Monday, the recent moves in the bond market have added volatility and concern to the market.

Consequently, investors are paying close attention to not only the bond market, but how the U.S. Federal Reserve will react to this, as Jerome Powell takes on the position as chair of the U.S. central bank.

Also on Tuesday, data and earnings are set to keep investors’ somewhat busy as the sell-off continues to simmer.

Looking to data, the U.S. international trade in goods and services is due out at 8:30 a.m. ET, followed by the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS), set to come out at 10 a.m. ET.

Elsewhere, the yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note was lower at around 2.694 percent, while the yield on the 30-year Treasury bond was lower at 2.99 percent. Bond yields move inversely to prices.

Oil prices and bitcoin futures came under pressure as the global sell-off continued to drag on sentiment.


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