(Reuters) – U.S. stock index futures jumped on Friday as President Donald Trump laid out plans to re-open the economy from coronavirus-induced lockdowns and on reports of encouraging data on a drug to potentially treat COVID-19.
FILE PHOTO: The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) is seen in the financial district of lower Manhattan during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in New York City, New York, U.S., April 13, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
Gilead Sciences Inc’s (GILD.O) shares surged 11.9% in premarket trading following a media report that patients with severe symptoms of the disease had responded positively to its experimental drug, remdesivir.
Boeing Co (BA.N) soared 9% on plans to resume commercial airplane production next week in Washington state after suspending operations last month due to the pandemic.
The benchmark S&P 500 .SPX ended Thursday slightly higher as demand for online streaming services and home delivery of goods during the stay-at-home restrictions powered Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) and Netflix Inc (NFLX.O) to record highs.
The index has now rallied about 28% from a March trough following a raft of global stimulus and on hopes the shutdown would be eased with signs of a plateauing in new coronavirus cases.
Late on Thursday, Trump announced new guidelines to re-open the economy in a staggered, three-stage process, but the plan was a set of recommendations rather than orders and left the decision largely up to state governors.
Still, analysts said investor sentiment remained cautious with readings of economic indicators getting worse as global supply chains remain shut and large-scale production halts put millions out of work.
U.S. jobless claims have now topped 20 million in the past month, while China’s economy contracted for the first time in nearly three decades in the first quarter.
After U.S. banks kicked off the quarterly earnings season with painful forecasts for 2020, investors will look to reports from consumer products maker Procter & Gamble (PG.N) and world’s top oilfield services provider Schlumberger (SLB.N) on Friday.
At 6:04 a.m. ET, Dow e-minis 1YMcv1 were up 684 points, or 2.92%. S&P 500 e-minis EScv1 were up 76 points, or 2.73% and Nasdaq 100 e-minis NQcv1 were up 179.75 points, or 2.06%.
SPDR S&P 500 ETFs (SPY.P) rose 2.75%.
Reporting by Medha Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta
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