U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks with fellow Senate Republicans during a press conference on December 15, 2020 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC.
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Stock futures rose slightly in night trading on Sunday as Congress managed to close a coronavirus stimulus deal hours before a deadline.
The futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 60 points. The S&P 500 futures rose slightly and the Nasdaq 100 futures rose 0.2%. When it opens on Monday, Tesla will join the S&P 500 with a weight of 1.69% in the index, the fifth largest.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said lawmakers had reached an agreement on a $ 900 billion aid package that would provide direct payments and unemployment relief to struggling Americans. The announcement came after negotiators resolved an important sticking point by revoking the Federal Reserve’s emergency lending powers.
To avoid a government shutdown that would begin at 12:01 p.m. ET on Monday, Congress is trying to approve a one-day spending measure on Sunday. The legislature will then vote on the aid and financing law on Monday.
Key averages have risen lately and have hit record highs amid optimism about the fresh coronavirus stimulus and the launch of the vaccine. Moderna ships its first batch of vaccine doses after FDA clears it for emergency use. In the meantime, Pfizer and BioNTech vaccines are being distributed to healthcare workers across the country.
“In the eyes of the stocks, the unstoppable vaccination process that has just begun is stronger than current trends in cases and locks, and this will keep the markets from diving too deep into a source of pandemic desperation,” said Adam Crisafulli, Founder from Vital Knowledge, said in a note on Sunday.
“We remind you that the three pillars of the rally are all largely still in place: vaccines, strong corporate earnings and massive momentum,” he added.
With just two weeks of trading left in 2020, the S&P 500 is up 14.8% over the year while the Dow is up 5.8% with 30 stocks. The Nasdaq Composite was up 42.2% this year as investors preferred high-growth tech companies.
On Friday, the Fed announced that it would allow the country’s major banks to resume share buybacks in the first quarter of 2021, subject to certain rules.
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