Dow soars over 900 points amid hopes for coronavirus vaccine

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Last Updated: Tue, May 19th, 2020, 12:10:43hrs
Dow soars over 900 points amid hopes for coronavirus vaccine

New York: US stocks surged as investors eyed some encouraging news about a potential coronavirus vaccine.

On Monday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average spiked 911.95 points, or 3.85 per cent, to 24,597.37. The S&P 500 rose 90.21 points, or 3.15 per cent, to 2,953.91. The Nasdaq Composite Index increased 220.27 points, or 2.44 per cent, to 9,234.83, Xinhua news agency reported.

All the 11 primary S&P 500 sectors ended higher, with energy and industrials up 7.55 per cent and 6.61 per cent, respectively, outpacing the rest.

Shares of Moderna jumped nearly 20 percent after the US biotech company announced positive interim clinical data for a potential coronavirus vaccine.

Wall Street also paid close attention to the latest comments from Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell.

The US economy will recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, but the process could stretch through until the end of 2021, Powell said.

"Assuming there's not a second wave of the coronavirus, I think you'll see the economy recover steadily through the second half of this year," Powell said in an excerpt of an interview that aired Sunday morning on CBS's "Face the Nation."

As of Monday afternoon, more than 1.5 million confirmed COVID-19 cases have been reported in the United States, with over 90,000 deaths, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.