Dow Futures Surge 900 Points as Trump Provides Hope for Economic Reopening

April 17, 2020 12:58 AM UTC
Dow futures spiked on Thursday, as investors dissected President Trump's latest plan to get the economy back up and running.
  • Dow Jones futures rallied more than 900 points after posting only modest gains in New York trading.
  • Boeing led the Dow 30 futures rally, climbing 7% in after-hours trading. The airline manufacturer was the Dow’s worst performer on Thursday.
  • President Trump laid out new federal guidelines for ending the coronavirus lockdown, but said it will be up to the states to decide when to reopen their economies.

Futures on the Dow and broader U.S. stock market surged in after-hours trading Thursday, as Boeing (NYSE: BA) staged a large relief rally and President Trump outlined new federal guidelines for bringing the economy back online.

Dow, S&P 500, Nasdaq Futures Surge

Contracts on the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose by as much as 920 points Thursday evening. At its highest point, the futures contract was valued at 24,327.00.

By comparison, the Dow Jones index closed at 23,537.68 in New York trading, up 33.33 points, or 0.1%, on the day.

Dow futures imply a big open for the U.S. stock market on Friday. | Chart: Yahoo Finance

S&P 500 futures jumped 2.1% to 8,915.25. Nasdaq 100 mini contracts also gained 2.1% to reach 8,915.25.

Shares of Boeing Co rose 7% after-hours, where it was on track to erase nearly all of its Thursday losses. Boeing plunged 8% in New York trading following reports of 150 Max 737 cancellations in March alone.

President Trump Issues Guidelines for Gradual Economic Reopening

President Trump released new guidelines Thursday for a “phased” reopening of the economy that puts onus on state governors to decide how to end their respective lockdowns.

The president said (as per The Wall Street Journal):

America wants to be open, and Americans want to be open… We must have a working economy, and we want to get it back very, very quickly.

The new framework, known as Opening Up America Again, outlines a three-phase process for ending the lockdown and opening up the country. Trump said his administration is not seeking to open everything at once, “but one careful step at a time.”

Members of the president’s newly-appointed economic task force have urged him to increase COVID-19 testing before deciding to ease restrictions. On Thursday, Trump said states are responsible for obtaining medical supplies and testing materials, but reiterated Washington’s role in providing backup support.

The Trump administration is eager to get the economy back online after several economic reports pointed to imminent recession in the coming months. Data on consumer spending, manufacturing, housing and the labor market have flashed warning signs not seen in the post-war period.

The latest blow came Thursday when the Labor Department said 5.245 million people filed for first-time unemployment benefits last week. Roughly 22 million people have filed for benefits in the past month due to coronavirus.

Astonishingly, the stock market is humming along–despite excruciatingly bad earnings from big banks–as investors continue to bet on Federal Reserve liquidity and a quick economic rebound.

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Last modified: April 17, 2020 1:03 AM UTC

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