According to the New York Daily News newspaper, there would also be an infection in New York for the first time. But that message was later denied by the authorities.
The Dow-Jones index recorded 1.8 percent in the red at 28.332 points at around 7.30 p.m. (Dutch time). The broad S&P 500 dropped 1.7 percent to 3229 points and technology level meter Nasdaq lost 1.4 percent to 9172 points.
The aviation sector, among others, was under pressure. Delta Air Lines and American Airlines have indicated that they will temporarily stop their flights to China due to the virus outbreak. Their shares went down by more than 3 percent.
Amazon worth more than $ 1 trillion
Web store giant Amazon was a positive outlier. After strong quarterly figures, the share jumped more than 8 percent, bringing the market value again to more than 1 trillion dollars. Amazon was worth more than 1,000 billion dollars a year and a half ago, but then the rate dropped again. In the holiday period, Amazon boosted the quarterly profit against its own expectations. The company said it managed to attract more customers than ever with Amazon Prime, a subscription that offers members all kinds of discounts and benefits.
Caterpillar, ExxonMobil and Chevron
Investors also processed results from, among others, machine builder Caterpillar and the major oil companies ExxonMobil and Chevron. Caterpillar came with disappointing forecasts and lost almost 3 percent. ExxonMobil (minus 4.2 percent) saw profit fall last quarter due to lower oil and gas prices, but benefited from a billion-dollar revenue from the sale of its Norwegian activities. Industry companion Chevron (minus 4.2 percent) suffered a loss in the last quarter due to a billion dollar write-off.
The euro was worth $ 1.1081 against $ 1.1082 a day earlier. The price of a barrel of American oil fell by 1.8 percent to $ 51.24. Brent oil cost 0.3 percent less at $ 58.09 per barrel.
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