U.S. stock  lower in pre-market trading for,April 21.The Dow Futures is trading at 22,984.00 with a loss of -2.15% percent or -504.00 point.The S&P 500 Futures is trading at 2,758.38 with a loss of -1.71% percent or -48.12 point.The Nasdaq Futures is trading at 8,610.00 with a loss of -0.94% percent or -82.00 point.

In other parts of world, Japan’s Nikkei 225 is trading at 19,280.78 with a loss of –1.97% percent or –388.34   point. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng is trading at 23,865.73 with a loss of –1.91% percent or –464.29  point. China’s Shanghai  Composite is trading at 2,827.01 with a loss of –0.90% percent or –25.54 point. India’s BSE Sensex is trading at 30,528.88 with a loss of –3.54% percent or –1,119.12 point at 12:15 PM.Germany’s DAX is trading at 10,351.12 with a loss of  –3.04% percent or –324.78 point. France’s CAC 40 is trading at 4,405.42 with a loss of –2.71% percent or –122.88 point. The Stoxx Europe 600 is trading at 327.49 with -2.48% percent or –8.35  point.

Tuesday’s Factors and Events

Global equities and U.S. futures for the S&P 500NASDAQRussell 2000 and Dow Jones are all in the red this morning, as reports continue to circulate about the possibility that the health of North Korea’s leader may be in jeopardy. Those accounts, although as yet unverified, have injected additional uncertainty into already shaky markets roiled by the continuing spread of COVID-19 and a historic oil price meltdown yesterday.

Monday Activity

For the day the Dow is trading at 23,650.44 with a loss of –2.44% percent or –592.05  point. The S&P 500 is trading at 2,823.16 with a loss of –1.79% percent or –51.40  point. The Nasdaq Composite is trading at 8,560.73  with a loss of –1.03% percent or –89.41 point.

Other leading market index closes included the small-cap Russell 2000 Index closed at 1,213.35  with a loss of -1.28% percent or -15.75 point; the S&P 600 Small-Cap Index closed at 708.12 with 2.00% percent or -14.46 point; the S&P 400 Mid-Cap Index closed at 1,532.49 with a loss of –1.85% percent or -28.94 point; the S&P 100 Index closed at 1,299.38 with a loss of –1.61% percent or -21.30 point; the Russell 3000 Index closed at 1,625.07 with a loss of –1.70% percent or ?28.09  point; the Russell 1000 Index closed at 1,548.71 with a loss of -1.72%or -27.17 point.