Market Short Circuits

Dear Rundown Reader,

“In my opinion,” our first reader says, “the presidential candidates who dropped out and endorsed Joe Biden sensed the HUGE problem that the Democrats would have in a Trump v. Bernie match-up. Sanders is a reconstructed ‘Stalinist’ brand of communist turned socialist.

“The only chance the Dems have then is to run with Biden who might be able to pull in some Independents. The only problem is disappointed Bernie bros who are not thinking at all…except about free stuff for all.”

Our next reader has more to say about those “Bernie bros”…

“The nightmare scenario for Dem bigwigs is that Sanders still ends up with enough delegates to win the nomination on the first ballot. The next most-dreaded outcome is that Sanders ends up with a plurality of delegates, but not a majority, and the convention is brokered, handing the nomination to Biden or anyone else but Bernie — again alienating all the Bernie bros.

“If it boils down to Biden versus Trump, it will be a field day for Trump, but less of one than if Bernie is nominated. Remember McGovern?”

Hmm… fair analogy. Thanks to our contributors today; if you have something to add to the discussion, be sure to write in.

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Your Rundown for Monday, Mar. 9, 2020

Market Short Circuits

We take a look this morning at the colossal market selloff amped by — according to the mainstream media — coronavirus jitters.

Things have gotten so hairy, in fact, that at the time of writing, the markets have taken a “circuit break” or a 15-minute pause. (This after the Dow ducked 1,800 points and the S&P 500 index lost 7%.)

Here’s a silver lining, however: “While Monday’s drop was significant, it still didn’t crack the 20 worst days for the S&P 500,” CNBC reports.

Phew?

So what’s sending the market into freefall? Other than the spread of the coronavirus? The short answer: oil.

Oil’s on the skids after OPEC+ talks fell apart Friday with Russia especially refusing to go along with oil production cuts.

With that, “Saudi Arabia on Saturday slashed official crude selling prices for April, in a sudden U-turn from previous attempts to support the oil market as the coronavirus hammers global demand,” says CNBC.

The price of Brent and WTI both cratered about 30%; in fact, we might see a barrel of crude selling for $20 per barrel. Lower prices at the pump? Cold comfort for investors if their portfolios are bleeding out.

And this should come as no surprise: Gold traded above $1,700 per ounce this morning before pulling back.

Market Rundown for Monday, Mar. 9, 2020

S&P 500 futures are down 167 points to 2,805.

Oil slides $7.18 per barrel to $34.10.

Gold’s down $6.00 to $1,666.40 per ounce.

Bitcoin’s down $321.51 to $7,780.66.

Send your comments and questions to, TheRundownFeedback@SevenFigurePublishing.com.

Mondays, right? We’ll circle back Wednesday.

For the Rundown,

Aaron Gentzler

Aaron Gentzler

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Aaron Gentzler is the publisher of Seven Figure Publishing. He is also the editor of The Rundown and has been with Agora Financial / Seven Figure Publishing since 2005. He's been covering technology and markets for over a decade.

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