- US stocks extended earlier gains on Tuesday after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pledged to get a fiscal stimulus deal done before Congress leaves for the holidays.
- "We're not leaving here without a COVID package," McConnell said, adding: "No matter how long it takes, we'll be here."
- Also boosting investor sentiment is the rollout of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine across the US this week.
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US stocks surged on Tuesday after it became clear to investors that another round of fiscal stimulus before the holidays is likely. The more than 1% move higher in stocks snapped a four-day losing streak in the S&P 500.
Giving investors confidence that a deal would get done was a pledge from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell at the weekly Republican press conference.
"We're not leaving here without a COVID package," McConnell said, adding, "No matter how long it takes, we'll be here."
Here's where US indexes stood at the 4 p.m. ET close on Tuesday:
- S&P 500: 3,694.62, up 1.3%
- Dow Jones industrial average: 30,199.31, up 1.1% (338 points)
- Nasdaq composite: 12,595.06, up 1.3%
Also boosting investor sentiment is the rollout of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine across the US this week. On Monday, healthcare workers began to receive the vaccine, helping them better combat the deadly virus on the front lines.
Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine is the next candidate expected to receive emergency use authorization from the FDA. The US plans to ship 6 million doses of Moderna's vaccine once the FDA authorizes it – more than double the initial shipment of Pfizer vaccines. Moderna fell as much as 7% in Tuesday trades.
Apple climbed 5% following a report that the company plans to boost its iPhone production 30% in the first half of 2021.
In merger news, Prevail Therapeutics surged as much as 84% after Eli Lilly said it would buy the firm for up to $1 billion to obtain its gene-therapy programs targeting Parkinson's disease and other ailments.
Gold rose as much as 1.5%, to $1,855.43 per ounce.