Stocks inch up amid uncertainty about virus toll; oil falls

Oil fell 6% to $20 a barrel
Posted at 7:57 AM, Mar 30, 2020

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks opened higher on Wall Street Monday in more volatile trading as investors try to assess whether global authorities can do enough to nurse the economy through the damage caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

The S&P 500 rose 1% in early trading.

European markets were mixed after erasing earlier losses.

Asian indexes also fell, but not nearly as much as they have in the brutal swings that have rocked investors over the last month.

The price of oil fell 6% to $20 a barrel, a level that is sure to cause more pain for the already battered energy industry.