Stock futures rose Sunday evening in overnight trading shortly thereafter President TrumpDonald John TrumpJaime Harrison Discusses Graham Behind The Doctors Plexiglass Shield, White House Staff Offers Mixed Messages About President Trump’s Health Gave Second Dose of Remdesivir ‘Uncomplicated’, ‘Not Out of Danger Yet,’ Conley Says MORE appeared in a procession in front of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he is recovering from the coronavirus.
Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 1
President Trump tweeted a video on Sunday, saying he was “getting excellent reports from doctors”. He then greeted supporters outside the hospital in a brief outing in a march with the secret services.
In response to a tweet asking why Trump, sick with COVID-19, would leave the hospital, Marketplace’s Kai Ryssdal tweeted: “Why futures start trading at 6pm Eastern Time.”
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– Kai Ryssdal (@kairyssdal) 4 October 2020
The market has been increasingly volatile in recent months amid election speeches, the debate on Capitol Hill over an upcoming COVID-19 stimulus package and a pandemic that shows no signs of abating.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average opened Friday, following Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis, with a loss of about 400 points, down 1.4%. The S&P 500 Index fell 1.6% and the Nasdaq Composite fell 2%.