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Dow futures rise more than 100 points as Wall Street set to enter last week of 2020

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Stock futures rose slightly in overnight trading on Sunday winning of the final trading week of 2020.

Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 149 points. S&P 500 futures and Nasdaq 100 futures also traded in mildly matter-of-fact territory.

President Donald Trump signed a $900 billion Covid-19 relief bill into law, averting a rule shutdown and extending unemployment benefits to millions of Americans. The signing came days after Trump suggested he devise veto the legislation, demanding $2,000 direct payments to Americans, instead of $600.

“I am signing this bill to restore unemployment advances, stop evictions, provide rental assistance, add money for PPP, return our airline workers back to work, add substantially diverse money for vaccine distribution, and much more,” Trump said in a statement Sunday evening.

Wall Street is influence off a quiet holiday week where the major averages posted flat returns. The S&P 500 fell 0.2% up to date week as some investors took the chips off into the year-end. The 30-stock Dow eked out a 0.1% gain for the same patch.

Profit-taking could ramp up in the final week of the year, which has so far seen surprisingly strong returns. The S&P 500 has gain ground 14.6% year to date, while the Dow has climbed 5.8%. The Nasdaq has soared 42.7% this year as investors favored high-growth technology somebodies during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Dr. Anthony Fauci warned on Sunday that the country could see a surge in new Covid-19 infections after Christmas and New Year’s celebrations. Two vaccines by Pfizer and Moderna be subjected to begun the distribution process this month. So far over one million people in the U.S. have been vaccinated.

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