Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Highs on optimism about the effectiveness of the vaccine in preventing Wall Street omigran


© Reuters. Traders during trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday. Photo: Brendan McDermott / Reuters.

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Wall Street closed slightly higher on Wednesday as investors cheered on encouraging news about Pfizer and its partner Beyonc’s COVID-19.

Both companies were able to neutralize the new strain of Omigron in a laboratory test of their vaccine’s three-dose approach, and may offer a vaccine developed in March 2022 if needed.

Three major indices of US stocks ended higher. Also the airline stock index touched its highest level since November 24, which was recorded even before the news of the new mutation.

According to preliminary data, the benchmark Standard & Poor’s 500 Index traded up 14.56 points, or 0.31 percent, at 4,701.31 points, while the Nasdaq index rose 99.33 points, or 0.63 percent, to 15,7.86 points.

The industry index ended 33.74 points, or 0.09 percent, higher at 35,753.17 points.

(Produced by Waqti Al-Alfi for the Arabic Bulletin)

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