US opens higher as GOP blocks stimulus check proposal

Thursday, 24. December 2020 15:31

Stock indexes in the United States opened higher on Thursday even after the Republicans in the House of Representatives blocked Democrats' offer to pass $2,000 direct payments to American citizens as part of coronavirus economic relief legislation. The increase of $1,400 for each stimulus check has been put forward by US President Donald Trump. The trading session is set to end early at 1 pm ET, while the markets will be closed tomorrow on Christmas Day.

The Dow Jones gained 0.22% at the open with Caterpillar as the best performer, rising 0.74%. The Nasdaq 100 added 0.19% as IDEXX Laboratories advanced 1.11% at 9:34 am ET. The S&P 500 was up 0.17% as the markets opened, as Tapestry Inc. led the gains, climbing 1.52% at 9:31 am ET.

The euro was 0.09% down against the dollar to trade at 1.21836 at 9:30 am ET, while the pound increased by 0.65%, going for 1.35906 concurrently.

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