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Coronavirus: UK stocks dive despite stimulus plans

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UK stocks tumbled on Wednesday as major UK and US stimulus plans failed to quell worries about the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

The FTSE 100 index of top UK firms dived more than 5%, with aerospace firms, travel companies and housing firms leading the declines.

The pound meanwhile hit a six-month low against the dollar to trade at $1.1966.

It came despite the US on Tuesday outlining a $1tn (£830bn) package to support the world's biggest economy.

UK chancellor Rishi Sunak also revealed a £350bn stimulus package for UK firms, including £330bn of business loan guarantees.

It also included aid to cover a business rates holiday and grants for retailers and pubs. Help for airlines is also being considered.

Mr Sunak told a news conference: "Never in peacetime have we faced an economic fight like this one."

US stock market futures were also indicating a weaker open for Wall Street on Wednesday, despite the main indexes rebounding more than 5% on Tuesday.

The stimulus measures taken globally also failed to buoy Asian stocks. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 ended Wednesday 1.7% lower, the Hang Seng in Hong Kong fell by 3.3%, and China's Shanghai Composite lost 1.8%.

On Tuesday, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he supports sending money directly to Americans as part of a $1tn stimulus plan aimed at averting an economic crisis caused by the virus.

The overall aid package would be larger than the US response to the 2008 financial crisis, amounting to nearly a quarter of what the US federal government spent last year.

In Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is reportedly forming a panel of key economic ministers and Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda to discuss measures to prop up the economy.

The move, which would bring Japan in line with other nations, is designed at averting an economic crisis in the country, which some fear could tip into recession.

Big shifts in the stock market are often in the news, whether they are booms or falls owing to coronavirus or the financial crisis.

As companies grow, they issue shares. The largest companies in the UK have shares which are bought and sold on the London Stock Exchange.

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