Stock market live updates: Dow drops 2,000, trading halted again, Ackman says shut down country

https://www.cnbc.com/amp/2020/03/18/stock-market-today-live.html

12:56 pm: Trading halted as S&P 500 drops 7%

Stocks are halted for trading after the S&P 500 dropped 7%, kicking in the level one “circuit breaker.” – Stevens 

1:04 pm: Bill Ackman pleads to Trump to increase closures to save the economy: ‘Shut it down now’

Longtime hedge fund manager Bill Ackman urged President Donald Trump to shut down the country for 30 days to contain the coronavirus, calling it the only option to rescue the economy. “What’s scaring the American people and corporate America now is the gradual roll-out,” Ackman said on CNBC’s “Halftime Report” on Wednesday. “We need to shut it down now… This is the only answer.””If he can save the country from the coronavirus, he will get re-elected,” Ackman said. – Li