Stock futures rose slightly as Wall Street prepared to enter the last week of 2020

Stock futures rose slightly as Wall Street prepared to enter the last week of 2020

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Stock futures rose slightly in overnight trading on Sunday ahead of the last trading week of 2020.

Futures on Dow Jones Industrial Average It rose 80 points. Standard & Poor’s 500 Futures gained 0.4% and Nasdaq 100 Futures traded up 0.3%.

President Donald Trump signed the $ 900 billion Covid-19 relief bill into law, to avoid government shutdowns and expand unemployment benefits to millions of Americans. The signature came days after Trump suggested that he would veto the legislation, demanding that Americans pay $ 2,000 directly, instead of $ 600.

“I sign this law to reclaim unemployment benefits, stop evictions, provide rental assistance, add money to the public-private partnership, get our airline workers back to work, add more money to distribute vaccines, and more,” Trump said in a statement on Sunday. Much. ” evening.

Wall Street is approaching a quiet holiday week as the major averages posted flat returns. The S&P 500 index fell 0.2% last week as some investors took the chips at the end of the year. The Dow of 30 stocks posted a gain of 0.1% for the same period.

Profit taking could pick up in the last week of the year, which has so far seen surprisingly strong returns. The S&P 500 is up 14.6% throughout the year so far, while the Dow is up 5.8%. The Nasdaq is up 42.7% this year as investors favored high-tech names during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Dr. Anthony Fauci warned Sunday about that The country could see an increase in new Covid-19 infections After the Christmas and New Year celebrations. Distribution of two vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna began this month. To date, more than a million people have been vaccinated in the United States.

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