About 20 minutes into trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 0.4 per cent at 30,960.73, after the index closed at a record. — AFP pic
About 20 minutes into trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 0.4 per cent at 30,960.73, after the index closed at a record. — AFP pic

NEW YORK, Jan 7 — Wall Street stocks were solidly higher early today after Congress formally certified President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory hours after a siege of the US Capitol by supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump.

Lawmakers in the Senate and House of Representatives worked through the night and early this morning successfully beat back Republican challenges as the chambers tried to project a sense of normalcy after the extraordinary occupation only hours earlier.

Equities, which had largely shrugged off yesterday’s unrest, continued to push higher early today as markets anticipate Trump’s departure in two weeks.

They also are boosted by the greater likelihood of more fiscal stimulus after Democrats swept the two Senate runoff elections in Georgia on Tuesday.

About 20 minutes into trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 0.4 per cent at 30,960.73, after the index closed at a record.

The broad-based S&P 500 gained 0.9 per cent to 3,783.08, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index jumped 1.5 per cent to 12,925.07.

The Labor Department reported 787,000 new unemployment claims last week, the latest sign that layoffs remain elevated months into the coronavirus pandemic.

The data comes ahead of tomorrow’s closely-watched monthly jobs report. — AFP



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