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U.S. equity markets gained Monday morning as traders digested the news that social distancing guidelines were extended until at least April 30.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed by as many as 533 points, or 2.5 percent. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite were up as much as 1.8 and 2.9 percent, respectively. Last week, the Dow gained 13 percent, making for its best week since 1938.
|I:DJI||DOW JONES AVERAGES||22094.95||+458.17||+2.12%|
|I:COMP||NASDAQ COMPOSITE INDEX||7733.509853||+231.13||+3.08%|
Looking at stocks, airlines slid as they awaited the release tens of billions of dollars of aid from the federal government.
Cruise operators remained under pressure after receiving a downgrade from Berenberg Research.
General Motors was in focus after President Trump praised the automaker, saying it was doing a “fantastic job” ramping up ventilator production.
|AAL||AMERICAN AIRLINES GROUP INC.||12.59||-1.45||-10.36%|
|DAL||DELTA AIR LINES INC.||28.71||-0.83||-2.83%|
|GM||GENERAL MOTORS COMPANY||21.16||-0.22||-1.03%|
Abbott Laboratories surged after the company’s five minute COVID-19 test received Food & Drug Administration approval. Johnson & Johnson announced testing for its COVID-19 vaccine would begin by September and that it could be available for emergency use authorization in early 2021.
Regeneron and Sanofi said Monday that their rheumatoid arthritis drug Kevzara treated its first patient with severe COVID-19 in a global clinical trial.
|JNJ||JOHNSON & JOHNSON||133.92||+10.76||+8.74%|
|REGN||REGENERON PHARMACEUTICALS INC.||474.91||+25.39||+5.65%|
Elsewhere, Apple gained despite Reuters reporting iPhone demand was likely to be down 18 percent from a year ago.
Jefferies CFO Peg Broadbent died over the weekend due to complications related to COVID-19.
|JEF||JEFFERIES FINANCIAL GROUP||14.45||+0.11||+0.77%|
On the commodities front, West Texas Intermediate crude was trading down 5.8 percent at $20.26 per barrel and was flirting with its first close below $20 since February 2002. Meanwhile, gold fell 0.7 percent to near $1,642 an ounce.
U.S. Treasurys gained, pushing the yield on the 10-year note down 9.5 basis points to 0.649 percent.
In Europe, Germany’s DAX gained 1.9 percent while Britain’s FTSE and France’s CAC were up 1 percent and 0.6 percent, respectively.
Asian markets fell, with Japan’s Nikkei falling 1.6 percent, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng sliding 1.3 percent and China’s Shanghai Composite shedding 0.9 percent.