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MarketWatch MarketPulseOct 19, 2020
Stocks open higher as investors hold out hope for stimulus deal
Stocks opened higher Monday, finding support as investors continued to pencil in the potential for an agreement on a stimulus package from Washington to help cushion the economic blow from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 99.28 points, or 0.4%, to 28,705.59, while the S&P 500 was up 0.4% at 3,498.30. The Nasdaq Composite gained 0.5% to trade at 11,728.22. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calf., and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin were expected to talk further Monday, according to news reports. Pelosi warned over the weekend that time was running out to complete a deal before the Nov. 3 presidential election.

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KiplingerOct 19, 2020
Stock Market Today: Investors Lose Their Nerve as Relief Deadline Nears
Black Monday, it certainly wasn't. But the 33rd anniversary of Wall Street's worst-ever trading day was nonetheless marked with red ink.

Investors continue to eye COVID stimulus negotiations, which now have a deadline. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said that an agreement must be reached by Tuesday to get a bill passed before the November elections. (The Kiplinger Letter's up-to-the-minute forecast: Don't count on relief passing the House and Senate prior to Nov. 3.)

SEE MORE 25 Dividend Stocks the Analysts Love the Most Meanwhile, the U.S. on Friday recorded 68,000 new COVID-19 cases - the country's highest daily total since July - fueling concerns of a long-discussed "second wave" as we approach winter.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average was actually 105 points (0.3%) higher in early trading, but it quickly flipped to losses that accelerated in the afternoon, culminating in a 1.4% loss to 28,195. Apple (AAPL, -2.6%) and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ, -2.6%) were the industrial average's steepest decliners, but the Dow 30's pain was widespread - every Dow 30 component but Intel (INTC, 0.8%) finished lower.

Other action in the stock market today:

The S&P 500 declined 1.6% to 3,426.The Nasdaq Composite shed 1.7% to 11,478. Small caps were less dreary, with the Russell 2000 off

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