Stock futures flat as lawmakers reach last-minute stimulus deal

Stock futures held regular in in a single day buying and selling on Sunday as Congress managed to seal a coronavirus stimulus deal hours earlier than a shutdown deadline.

Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average had been flat. S&P 500 futures had been additionally little modified and Nasdaq 100 futures climbed 0.2%. At Monday's open, Tesla will enter the S&P 500 with a 1.69% weighting within the index, the fifth largest. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell mentioned lawmakers have reached an settlement on a $900 billion aid package deal, which would supply direct funds and jobless assist to struggling Americans. The announcement got here after negotiators resolved a key sticking level by rolling again the Federal Reserve's emergency lending powers.

To keep away from a authorities shutdown that may begin at 12:01 a.m. ET Monday, Congress is in search of to approve a one-day spending measure on Sunday. The House handed the measure Sunday night time, and the Senate goals to approve it earlier than midnight.

Lawmakers will vote on the aid and funding invoice on Monday.

The main averages have lately risen to document highs amid optimism towards recent coronavirus stimulus as effectively as the vaccine rollout. Moderna is delivery its first batch of vaccine doses after receiving approval for emergence use from the FDA. Meanwhile, the vaccines by Pfizer and BioNTech are being distributed to front-line well being care staff across the nation. 

"In the eyes of stocks, the inexorable vaccination process, which is only just getting started, is more powerful than the current trends in cases and lockdowns, and this will prevent markets from delving too deeply down a well of pandemic despair," Adam Crisafulli, founding father of Vital Knowledge, mentioned in a be aware on Sunday. 

"Recall, the three pillars of the rally all remain very much in place: vaccines, strong corporate earnings, and massive stimulus," he added.

With solely two buying and selling weeks left in 2020, the S&P 500 is up 14.8% for the yr, whereas the 30-stock Dow has risen 5.8%. The Nasdaq Composite has rallied 42.2% this yr as traders favored high-growth know-how corporations.

On Friday, the Fed introduced it should enable the nation's massive banks to renew share buybacks within the first quarter of 2021 topic to sure guidelines.

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