By Yasin Ebrahim
Investing.com – The Dow held onto the bulk of its gains of the day Tuesday, paced by strong gains in energy and financials as investors continued to assess efforts by governments worldwide to contain the Covid-19 outbreak.
The rose 3.26%, 2.72% points, below its session highs of 937 points. The gained 2.25% and the added 1.59%.
For the second day in a row, investors are cheering signs that restrictive measures, including social distancing, have been effective in slowing the pace of coronavirus infections.
Underscoring a fall in the rate of hospitalizations, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the state was still indicating that the spread of the virus was plateauing, even as the state reported its biggest increase in deaths of 731 overnight.
Cuomo said, however, that death was a lagging indicator in the fight against the virus. He also pointed to a significant drop in patients admitted to intensive care units.
Sentiment on stocks was also helped by reports that Congress is looking to beef up its $349 billion small business loan package by a further $200 billion.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he hopes to approve further funding for the small business loan program this Thursday, CNBC reported.
The broader market rally was led by a surge in energy, with Exxon Mobil (NYSE:) cutting its capital spending plans by 30%, but pledging to maintain its dividend, sending its stock more than 5% higher.
Financials, mostly banks, were also among the biggest gainers on the day as Treasury yields climbed higher.
JPMorgan (NYSE:) rallied 5%. while Goldman Sachs (NYSE:) and Bank of America (NYSE:) were both 6% higher.
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