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Dow futures rise 100 points as traders look for clues on new fiscal stimulus

U.S. stock futures rose early Friday as Wall Street continued to search for clarity surrounding a new potential stimulus bill. Dow Jones Industrial Average futures pointed to an opening gain of more than 120 points. S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 futures rose 0.47% and 0.37%, respectively.

Drew Hammill, deputy chief of staff to Nancy Pelosi, tweeted that the House Speaker and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin spoke for 40 minutes earlier in the day. He noted that the conversation “focused on determining whether there is any prospect of an imminent agreement on a comprehensive bill. The Secretary made clear the President’s interest in reaching such an agreement.”

That tweet came after Pelosi told reporters she would not back aid to U.S. airlines without a broader stimulus package, something Trump hinted earlier in the week he’d support. Meanwhile, Trump told Fox Business on Thursday morning that the administration and Democrats were “starting to have some very productive talks.”

The Federal Reserve and U.S. lawmakers have spent trillions of dollars on various measures to keep the economy afloat during the pandemic. Earlier this year, the Fed launched an open-ended bond-buying program and Trump signed a $2.2 trillion package that included enhanced unemployment benefits and direct payments to Americans. However, economic experts — as well as the Fed — have urged the government to push through more aid as it would sustain the recent economic recovery.

Investors also digested news on the coronavirus treatment front. GenMark Diagnostics said after the close Thursday that the Food and Drug Administration gave the company emergency clearance to run a test that screens for the flu, coronavirus and other viruses.

Plus, shares of Gilead rose after a study showed its anti-viral treatment remdesivir showed that the drug cut recovery time by 5 days compared to patients who received a placebo. The drug also reduced fatality in patients needing low flow oxygen.

The Dow ended Thursday’s session at its highest level since early September, rising more than 100 points. The Nasdaq Composite gained 0.5% and the S&P 500 outperformed with a 0.8% advance.

Those gains left the Dow and S&P 500 on pace for their second straight weekly climb. The Nasdaq was headed for a three-week winning streak. Week to date, the Dow and S&P 500 are up 2.7% and 2.9%, respectively. The Nasdaq is up more than 3% in that time.

Dow futures rise 100 points as traders look for clues on new fiscal stimulus, CNBC, Oct 9

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