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European markets reverse gains to close in the red; Stoxx 600 down 0.88%

Key Points
  • In Europe Tuesday, attention remained firmly on Italy where the government has now extended its quarantine measures to the entire country amid the worst coronavirus outbreak outside Asia.
  • Markets around the world tanked Monday as global investors braced for the spread of the coronavirus and oil prices fell after the collapse of OPEC talks.

European markets ended the day in negative territory on Tuesday, reversing earlier gains, after stocks saw their worst day since the financial crisis in the previous trading session.

The pan-European Stoxx 600 provisionally closed down 0.88%, paring gains earlier in the session. The majority of sectors ended in the red, although basic resources was up around 1.3%.

The moves come after markets around the world tanked Monday as global investors braced for the spread of the coronavirus and oil prices fell after the collapse of OPEC talks.

On Tuesday, U.S. stocks also turned negative. The Dow Jones Industrial Average traded just below the flatline after earlier trading up 945 points. This was despite President Donald Trump floating the idea of "a payroll tax cut or relief" to offset the negative impact from the coronavirus. The potential tax incentives come on top of an $8.3 billion spending package Trump signed last month. 

Back in Europe, attention remains firmly on Italy where the government has now extended its quarantine measures to the entire country amid the worst coronavirus outbreak outside Asia. 

In other news, oil prices jumped on Tuesday following Monday's more than 20% plunge, which saw U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude and international benchmark Brent crude post their worst declines since 1991.

Biggest movers

On the Stoxx 600, oil companies such as Tullow OilRoyal Dutch Shell and BP were trading higher after plunging on Monday; the stocks were up 2.5%, 2.1% and 1.5% respectively by late afternoon.

Diasorin shares leaped 10.8% after the Italian diagnostic specialist announced the impending launch of a new test for coronavirus. By late afternoon shares were 5% higher. Banks including CommerzbankSociete Generale, BNP Paribas, Standard Chartered and Deutsche Bank all jumped more than 7% during the day on Tuesday before paring gains.

— CNBC's Yun Li, Eustance Huang and Pippa Stevens contributed reporting to this story.