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Stocks Rally as States Begin to Reopen After COVID-19 Shutdowns

Stocks open higher on Wall Street as nations ease lockdowns

Stocks are opening higher on Wall Street as hopes for a global economic recovery rise after more governments eased anti-virus controls.

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The S&P 500 rose 0.8% in the first few minutes of trading Wednesday. Investors are also focusing on earnings reports by major U.S. companies. CVS Health rose after reporting a surge in profits as people rushed to fill medicine cabinets and pantries ahead of the arrival of the coronavirus.

Bond yields rose but still remain extremely low. Crude oil prices fell. European markets were mixed after the region predicted a recession “of historic proportions” this year.

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Indexes in London, Shanghai and Hong Kong rose, and Wall Street futures pointed to a rise on the open. Japanese markets were closed for a holiday.

Investors are increasingly optimistic as European countries and some U.S. states allow businesses to reopen despite warnings coronavirus infections still are rising in areas such as Brazil and economic recovery could be some way off.

President Donald Trump, running for reelection during a slump that has thrown more than 30 million Americans out of work, said Tuesday he wants the U.S. economy to reopen but acknowledged some people will be “badly affected.” Asked whether there might be deaths as curbs ease, Trump told ABC News, “It’s possible there will be some.”

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“The view that the benefit outweighs the costs had invited the market to largely shrug off the concerns here,” despite Trump’s “acknowledgement of more fatalities,” Jingyi Pan of IG said in a report.

In Europe, London’s FTSE 100 gained 0.6% to 5,855. The DAX in Frankfurt rose 0.2% to 10,745, and France’s CAC 40 lost 0.2% to 4,473 after the European Commission said it expects the economy of the 19-country eurozone to shrink 7.75% this year, a recession of “historic proportions.”

On Wall Street, futures for the benchmark S&P 500 index and Dow Jones Industrial Average were up 0.8%.

In Asia, the Shanghai Composite Index climbed 0.3% to 2,878.14, and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng added 1.1% to 24,137.48. The Kospi in Seoul was 1.8% higher at 1,928.76, and India’s Sensex gained 1.2% to 31,830.43.

Sydney’s S&P-ASX 200 lost 0.4% to 5,384.60. Benchmarks in New Zealand and Singapore advanced, while Jakarta declined. Bangkok was closed for a holiday.

Many analysts are skeptical about the recent rally in stocks. They say it is overdone given uncertainty about how long the recession will last. But the S&P 500 has recovered more than half its losses in a sell-off earlier in the year.

China五星棋牌, where the pandemic began in December, has allowed factories and some other businesses to reopen. France, Spain and other European governments are taking similar steps.

U.S. states including Georgia, Texas and South Carolina have allowed restaurants and some other businesses to reopen. California might allow some retailers to resume serving customers this week.

Still, the deputy chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, Richard Clarida, said Tuesday the economy needs more support from the central bank and possibly additional government spending before it can recover.

Hopes that economic revival will boost energy demand has helped to lift oil prices that had plunged to record-setting lows.

Benchmark U.S. crude gained 84 cents to $25.40 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract jumped 20.5% on Tuesday to settle at $24.56.

Brent crude, used to price international oils, rose 68 cents to $31.65 per barrel in London. It gained 13.9% the previous session to close at $30.97.

The dollar declined to 106.18 yen from Tuesday’s 106.53 yen. The euro declined to $1.0810 from $1.0841.

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