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Wall Street Rallies Friday             07/10 16:32

   European stock markets opened higher Friday while Asian prices followed Wall 
Street lower on worries economic recoveries might fade as coronavirus cases 
increase in the United States and some other countries.

   NEW YORK (AP) -- Optimism returned to Wall Street on Friday, and stocks 
rallied to cap a shaky week dogged by worries that rising coronavirus counts 
may halt the economy's recent upswing.

   The S&P 500 climbed 1%, and the biggest gains came from cruise ship 
operators, airlines, banks and other companies that most need the economy to 
continue to reopen and strengthen.

   The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 369.21 points, or 1.4%, to 26,075.30. 
The Nasdaq composite added 69.69, or 0.7%, to 10,617.44, a new high. The S&P 
500 rose 32.99 to 3,185.04.

   After starting Friday with modest drops, stocks and Treasury yields erased 
their declines to drive higher. In a signal of rising expectations for the 
economy, the Russell 2000 index of smaller stocks rose more than the rest of 
the market, up 1.7%.

   They're the latest eddies in what was an erratic week for markets. Prices 
swung, sometimes sharply within a single day, with worries about rising 
hospitalizations and COVID-19 trends in Florida and other hotpots around the 
world. The S&P 500 flip-flopped between a gain and loss through each day of the 
week.

   Analysts said an encouraging report from Gilead Sciences about its 
investigational treatment of COVID-19, remdesivir, helped drive Friday's 
rebound.

   "So, for the first time in a lot of days we're seeing smaller caps 
outperform," said Bob Shea, CEO of TrimTabs Asset Management. "We're seeing 
just a kind of mean-reversion day, and they're using the Gilead news to do it."

   The week's meandering action was a microcosm of the up-and-down churn that 
stocks have been stuck in for a little more than a month. The market's momentum 
has stalled since early June, after the S&P 500 roared back to recover most of 
an earlier 34% plummet. Massive amounts of aid from central banks and 
governments around the world ignited the rally.

   "We are dealing with an unprecedented time economically," said Katerina 
Simonetti, senior portfolio manager at UBS Private Wealth Management. "We have 
to remember that the government support and economic stimulus has been 
historically unprecedented. That's a huge deal, and it's going to make a 
difference for this market."

   It also helped send the S&P 500 to a 1.8% rise for the week, its second 
straight weekly gain.

   "The market is in a kind of place where good news is a rally and bad news 
the Fed's got us,'" said Shea of TrimTabs Asset Management. "That's the win-win 
the market has had for the last several weeks."

   Stocks of companies that most need the economy to continue improving and 
reopening dominated the top of Friday's leaderboard.

   Cruise operator Carnival jumped 10.8%, Royal Caribbean Cruises gained 9.9% 
and United Airlines rose 8.3%.

   Banks were also particularly strong, and financial stocks in the S&P 500 
climbed 3.5% for the biggest gain among the 11 sectors in the index. A stronger 
economy would mean their borrowers are better able to repay their loans.

   JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America both rose 5.5%, while Citigroup jumped 
6.5%.

   Energy stocks rose with the price of oil, which has swung sharply with hopes 
for the economy. Benchmark U.S. crude oil rose 93 cents to settle at $40.55 per 
barrel. Brent crude added 89 cents to $43.24 per barrel.

   Lagging behind the rest of the market were some of the stocks that have been 
holding up best this year: big tech-oriented giants. Microsoft dipped 0.3%, and 
Apple edged up 0.2%. It's at least a pause for such stocks, which have climbed 
through the pandemic this year as investors bet they'll keep growing almost 
regardless of the economy's strength.

   The yield on the 10-year Treasury, which tends to move with investors' 
expectations for the economy and inflation, rose to 0.64% from 0.60% late 
Thursday.

   In overseas stock markets, European markets climbed after reports showed 
industrial production bounced back sharply in some countries.

   The CAC 40 in France added 1%, while Germany's DAX returned 1.2%. The FTSE 
100 in London gained 0.8%.

   Asian markets were more subdued. The Nikkei 225 in Tokyo shed 1.1%, the Hang 
Seng in Hong Kong retreated 1.8% to 25,727.41 and the Kospi in Seoul lost 0.8%.

   Even Chinese stocks took a break from their torrid run. Stocks in Shanghai 
slumped nearly 2% for their first drop in nearly two weeks. They're still up 
14.2% over that span.

    

 
 
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