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May 18, 2020

US Market | Futures Contratcs: Stock futures extend gains after Moderna reports positive vaccine data, Dow futures up 500 points

Fred Imbert,Thomas Franck



Futures contracts tied to the major U.S. stock indexes rose sharply Monday, rebounding from losses last week, as news from a Moderna trial stoked optimism about a potential coronavirus vaccine. Comments from the Federal Reserve chief also added to the bullish sentiment along with rising oil prices.
Dow Jones Industrial Average futures jumped 518 points, or 2.2%. S&P 500 futures added 2.1%. Nasdaq-100 futures were up 1.8%.
Moderna shares rallied more than 28% after the company reported “positive” phase one results for a potential coronavirus vaccine. The company said that after two doses all 45 trial participants had developed coronavirus antibodies.
Shares of companies that would benefit from the economy reopening also rose in the premarket. Disney traded nearly 3% higher while MGM Resorts traded 6% higher. Cruise operator Carnival gained 7.8%. Deltas and United Airlines both rose more than 7% along with American.
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said to CBS’ “60 Minutes” that “there’s a lot more we can do” to help the economy. “We’ve done what we can as we go. But I will say that we’re not out of ammunition by a long shot. No, there’s really no limit to what we can do with these lending programs that we have.”
The central bank leader also said he’s “highly confident” the U.S. economy will claw its way back from the current pullback, but warned that it may not fully recover until a Covid-19 vaccine is complete.
“Don’t fight the Fed,” wrote FundStrat’s Tom Lee  to clients after the interview.
The Nasdaq Composite and S&P 500 fell 1.1% and 2.2%, respectively, last week with the latter notching its worst week since March. The Dow industrials finished the week down 2.65% for its third negative week in four and its worst week since April 3.
Wall Street’s veteran investors say stocks could be in for choppy trading until it’s clear that state efforts to reopen their economies aren’t met with significant spikes in new cases of Covid-19. This weekend most states either partially or completely ended lockdowns.
A flurry of recent economic data, including record-setting unemployment figures and a 16.4% plunge in April retail sales, show just how abruptly state-imposed business closures impacted the broader U.S. economy.

CNBC’s Jeff Cox and Patti Domm contributed reporting.

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