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Explaining the market rally in Wall Street’s terms

By April Joyner and Kate Duguid

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Risk assets such as stocks and high-yield corporate bonds have climbed over the past two-and-a-half months despite a dire global economic outlook in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The rally has left some market observers scratching their heads but has also given rise to a bundle of jargon – some old, some new – attempting to explain recent trends. Here’s a guide to what’s driving financial markets now, in Wall Street’s own words.

DON’T FIGHT THE FED

One key factor in Wall Street’s climb, strategists say, is the unprecedented monetary support from the Federal Reserve, including purchases of corporate bonds and exchange-traded funds. The Fed’s balance sheet has expanded by some $3 trillion since March. Those actions have revived the slogan “Don’t fight the Fed,” as the liquidity supplied by the U.S. central bank has fueled an upward

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European stocks end choppy session higher on vaccine hopes

By Sruthi Shankar and Julien Ponthus

(Reuters) – Hopes of a COVID-19 vaccine pulled European stocks from losses earlier on Wednesday, after fears of a no-deal Brexit and anxieties relating to the European Union’s recovery fund had weighed on sentiment.

Ending a choppy session, the pan-European STOXX 600 index <.STOXX> rose 0.2%, with blue-chip indexes in Paris <.FCHI>, Milan <.FTMIB> and London <.FTSE> down about 0.2%

Markets on both sides of the Atlantic got a boost as a COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer Inc <PFE.N> and German biotech firm BioNTech <BNTX.O> showed promise and was found to be well tolerated in early-stage human trials.

A series of business surveys released earlier showed broad improvements in manufacturing across Europe and Asia as economies opened up, with IHS Markit’s final euro zone Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) moving closer to the 50-mark separating growth from contraction in June.

Improving economic data out

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European stocks surge as cyclicals rally, U.S. jobs data awaited

By Sruthi Shankar

(Reuters) – European shares climbed on Thursday as encouraging economic data from across the globe and hopes of a COVID-19 vaccine lifted sentiment ahead of the crucial U.S. jobs data.

The pan-European STOXX 600 <.STOXX> rose 1.2% to mark its fourth consecutive day of gains. Banks <.SX7P>, automakers <.SXAP> and travel & leisure <.SXTP> firms were the top gainers, jumping between 2.7% and 3.4%.

Financial markets entered the second half of the year on a cheerful note earlier this week, as business surveys showed a coronavirus-induced slump in global manufacturing eased in June.

Adding to optimism, a COVID-19 vaccine developed by German biotech firm BioNTech <BNTX.O> and U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer <PFE.N> was found to be well-tolerated in early stage human trials.

All eyes are on the U.S. payrolls data, due at 1230 pm GMT. Economists have estimated that job numbers rose by 3 million in June,

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Housing spark and clothes shopping is back, at least online

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Tuesday related to the national and global response, the work place and the spread of the virus.

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TRAVEL & LEISURE: Travel is resuming slowly with hotels and airlines operating under new rules. There is already some uneasiness about crowding and the lack of social distancing.

— The Transportation Security Administration screened 607,540 people at U.S. airports Monday, the highest total since March 19 but 78% lower than a year ago.

— Lufthansa will resume flights to Shanghai on Wednesday, its first regular scheduled flights to mainland China since late January. The German carrier will offer one flight from Frankfurt to Shanghai every Wednesday, and in the opposite direction every Friday. Delta plans its first flight to Shanghai since early February on Thursday, when it resumes service from Seattle via

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