S&P 500 on pace to confirm bear market, falls 20% from record close

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If the index closes below 20% or more, it would confirm a bear market for the first time since the 2020 Wall Street plunge brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

At 12:43 p.m. ET, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 430.55 points, or 1.38%, at 30,822.58, the S&P 500 was down 67.22 points, or 1.72%, at 3,833.57, and the Nasdaq Composite was down 274.78 points, or 2.41%, at 11,113.72.