Stocks surge, putting S&P in striking distance of record

Stocks surge, putting S&P in striking distance of record

Stock markets surged Wednesday morning, putting the S&P 500 within striking distance of its pre-pandemic record of 3,386 in February.

The S&P 500 opened at 3,365, up 32 points, or 1 percent, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 278 points (1 percent).

The upswing followed a Tuesday decline, the first in seven days of trading, as markets look toward a possible coronavirus vaccine.

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Markets seemed less perturbed by the stalemate in stimulus talks, during which $600 in additional weekly unemployment benefits expired for over 31 million Americans.

Negotiations over a solution have been on hold since Friday. Trump signed a series of executive orders in an attempt to fill the void and raise pressure on Democratic negotiators, but critics say the measures are no substitute for legislation during an emergency.