Stocks soar as Congress works toward $1.6T stimulus package

U.S. equity markets surged Tuesday morning amid investor optimism that members of Congress will overcome their differences to reach a deal on a $1.6 trillion COVID-19 stimulus package.

The upbeat sentiments were boosted by comments from President Trump, who said he supports reopening businesses sooner rather than later.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average surged 1,770 points, or 9.5 percent, while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite gained 8.6 percent and 7.4 percent, respectively.

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
I:DJI DOW JONES AVERAGES 20145.06 +1,553.13 +8.35%
SP500 S&P 500 2416.08 +178.68 +7.99%
I:COMP NASDAQ COMPOSITE INDEX 7328.764468 +468.09 +6.82%

The rally followed a plunge on the major averages Monday despite the Federal Reserve announcing it would buy unlimited amounts of assets to support the economy. Monday’s 3 percent drop left the Dow at a three-year low and on track for its worst month since September 1931, one of the earliest years of the Great Depression, according to the Dow Jones Market Data Group.

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Looking at stocks, airlines soared following a report from The Wall Street Journal that the companies are drawing up plans for a potential voluntary shutdown of domestic air travel.

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
UAL UNITED AIRLINES HLDG. 33.50 +7.25 +27.62%
AAL AMERICAN AIRLINES GROUP INC. 13.89 +3.64 +35.51%
DAL DELTA AIR LINES INC. 27.71 +5.49 +24.71%
LUV SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO. 37.78 +4.05 +12.01%

Other travel-related names, including cruise operators and online booking sites rocked by fallout from the virus, also saw big gains.

Elsewhere, banks rallied as selling of U.S. Treasurys swung the yield curve steeper. The 2-year yield climbed 9.8 basis points to 0.392 percent and the 10-year yield jumped 12.3 basis points to 0.89 percent.

General Motors said it would draw down $16 billion in credit and suspended its 2020 outlook. Intel shares rose after the chipmaker said it was suspending its buyback program due to uncertainty caused by COVID-19.

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
GM GENERAL MOTORS COMPANY 21.14 +3.54 +20.09%
INTC INTEL CORPORATION 53.21 +3.63 +7.32%

Oil giant Chevron followed European rival Royal Dutch Shell’s Monday announcement, saying it will cut capital spending by 20 percent and suspend its share-buyback program.

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
CVX CHEVRON CORP. 64.90 +10.68 +19.70%
RDS.B ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC 31.00 +5.97 +23.88%
XOM EXXON MOBIL CORPORATION 35.16 +3.71 +11.80%

Commodities gained, with gold rallying 5.7 percent to $1,662 an ounce and West Texas Intermediate crude oil up 1 percent at $23.60 a barrel.

Markets surged across Europe, with Germany’s DAX leading the way, up 9.2 percent, while France’s CAC and Britain’s FTSE each added 6.7 percent.

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In Asia, Japan’s Nikkei soared 7.1 percent, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng spiked 4.5 percent and China’s Shanghai Composite gained 2.3 percent.

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