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Wall Street indexes soar as earnings reports begin to emerge, peaceful transition occurs

Markets began to hit record highs on Wednesday afternoon

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Updated: January 20, 2021 - 2:47pm

U.S. stocks soaring Wednesday afternoon in response to positive earnings reports from several major companies and the peaceful transition of power that occurred when President Joe Biden was sworn in to office at noon.

The S&P 500 climbed 1.4% during afternoon trading, breaching its record closing level of 3,824.9. The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 237 points at about  2 p.m., and the Nasdaq rose just under 2%. 

 Biden has already proposed a $1.9 trillion stimulus package be pumped into the struggling U.S. economy.

His plan will likely be addressed promptly by fellow Democrats who lead the House and Senate. 

Wall Street is hoping that such a package will fuel the economy until later into the year, at which time coronavirus vaccine distribution efforts will be further underway.

Janet Yellen, Biden's pick to run the Treasury Department, told the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday that the best aid the government can offer the U.S. economy is a hurried stimulus package that will help set things back on track.

"Without further action, we risk a longer, more painful recessions now – and long-term scarring of the economy later," she told the panel of senators.

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