Stocks’ Second-Quarter Start Is the Worst Since the Great Depression

If you feel like the second quarter started badly, you’ d be correct.

U. S. stocks had their own worst April start since 1929, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The particular S& P 500 index slumped 2 . 2 percent, a rout exceeded only by its second . 5 percent decline 89 years ago, the prelude to the devastating crash later on that year that brought on the truly amazing Depression. (Back then, the catalog only comprised 90 stocks. )

China’ s retaliatory trade tariffs combined with President Jesse Trump’ s criticism of Amazon. com Inc. to deliver equities into a tailspin Monday. Gives in the online retailer tumbled, motivating a sell-off in consumer discretionary and technology stocks. The S& P 500 closed below its 200-day moving typical — a key technical support — plus volatility climbed.

The stock slip also looked pretty bad in comparison with the beginning of other quarters. Equities dropped more than on any other quarterly 1st day since October 2011, whenever stocks plummeted 2 . 8 %, Bloomberg data show.