Early morning gains quickly turned to losses on the first trading day of 2021 Monday, as a mixture of anxiety over global coronavirus shutdowns and political uncertainty combined to turn Wall Street red.
As another chapter of the pandemic's story unfolds, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiled a fresh round of lockdowns, spurred by a fast-spreading new strain of the virus plaguing the globe. The emergency measures harken back to the March 2020 shutdowns of "nonessential" businesses.
Tuesday's runoff elections in Georgia -- which will determine which party controls the U.S. Senate and ultimately whether Congress and the White House will both be controlled by Democrats -- were also in focus Monday.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 1.3%, or 382 points, to finish at 30,223.
Bitcoin remains volatile. Although perhaps not a headline totally foreign to investors, the world's leading cryptocurrency suffered a modest pullback Monday following a fierce rally that saw Bitcoin more than quadruple in just one year.
After soaring to levels above $34,000 on Sunday, the burgeoning digital currency slipped to $31,400 by late Monday afternoon, shedding about 5%. Although Bitcoin adoption has been increasing, with companies like PayPal (ticker: PYPL) recently agreeing to add functionality and payment options, BTC has also been ripping higher at a seemingly unsustainable pace.
TSLA starts 2021 on the right track. Recent S&P 500 inductee Tesla Motors ( TSLA) added 3.4% on Monday after CEO Elon Musk celebrated a milestone achievement of 500,000 vehicles produced in 2020.
After a year in which TSLA stock surged more than 700%, Monday's gain wasn't a bad way to start the New Year; easily the most valuable automaker in the world, Tesla's market capitalization is currently flirting with $700 billion.
Where in the world is Jack Ma? Alibaba ( BABA) founder Jack Ma has been conspicuously absent from the public eye for several months now -- a timeline that conveniently lines up with critical comments the billionaire made about Chinese regulators.