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Dow surges more than 700 points

Dow gains on same day Sanders ends presidential bid, bringing finality to Biden vs. Trump race

New York Stock Exchange building on March 29, 2020
New York Stock Exchange building on March 29, 2020
(Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Updated: April 8, 2020 - 5:18pm

The Facts Inside Our Reporter’s Notebook

The Dow Jones Industrial Average surged 779.71 points on Wednesday, the same day Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders ended his Democratic presidential primary bid – setting up an almost certain Joe Biden vs. President Trump matchup in November.  

The S&P 500 and Nasdaq increased by 3.4 percent and 2.6 percent, respectively.

The Dow started the week by posting a more than 1,600 point gain on Monday, but its upward momentum was halted by a 26 point decline on Tuesday before it rose sharply again on Wednesday.

This week's increases come as the markets have recently faced steep declines amid the coronavirus pandemic that has crippled much of the nation's economy.

Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci expressed optimism on Fox News Wednesday.

"Well as you correctly reported the number of deaths on a given day continue to increase," he said. "You know at the same time, seemingly paradoxically but not, we're saying that we're starting to see some glimmers of hope, because the deaths generally lag by a couple of weeks behind what's fueling the outbreak, namely the number of new cases and the number of hospitalizations."