Wall Street futures fall as coronavirus toll rises, China plans return to work


FILE PHOTO: Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shortly after the opening bell in New York, U.S., February 6, 2020. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. stock futures fell on Sunday after China’s death toll from the coronavirus outbreak exceeded the global total from the SARS epidemic and as authorities prepared for millions of people to return to work after an extended Lunar New Year break.

Investors, carefully monitoring the virus with concerns about the global economic impact, had pushed Wall Street lower on Friday.

China reported that the total number of coronavirus deaths on the mainland reached 908 as of the end of Sunday with 97 new deaths, compared with 89 on Saturday.

Futures snapshot at 7:00PM ET 00:00 GMT:

** S&P 500 e-minis EScv1 were down 13.25 points, or 0.4%, with 54,719 contracts changing hands.

** Nasdaq 100 e-minis NQcv1 were down 49 points, or 0.52%, in volume of 21,984 contracts.

** Dow e-minis 1YMcv1 were down 120 points, or 0.41%, with 9,322 contracts changing hands.

** Benchmark 10-year note futures TYv1 last rose 5/32 in price.

Reporting by Sinead Carew; Editing by Sam Holmes

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