Global shares slide on fear virus' spread may be unstoppable

South Korea Financial Markets
Posted at 4:17 AM, Feb 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-26 04:17:43-05

TOKYO (AP) — Global shares are falling on growing fears that a new virus' spread may be unstoppable, posing a big threat to the global economy.

Benchmarks in France, Germany and Britain are falling in early Wednesday trading.

Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 declined 0.8% to finish at 22,426.19. Other indexes in Asia, except for Malaysia, finished lower.

U.S. shares may recoup recent losses with Dow futures and S&P 500 futures rising.

The worst-case scenario for investors -- where the virus spreads and cripples supply chains and the global economy -- hasn't changed, but some analysts feel the probability of its happening has risen.