US financial markets rise after volatile week

(NEW YORK) — U.S. financial markets opened up slightly on Friday, possibly on news of government actions taken to help quell investors’ ongoing anxieties over the coronavirus crisis.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average saw an opening jump of approximately 300 points, or about 1.5%. The S&P 500 similarly saw an opening rise of just over 1%. The Nasdaq spiked more than 2% at open.

Unprecedented volatility has plagued Wall Street for weeks amid the global coronavirus pandemic.

Amid the financial uncertainty, the Federal Reserve has pulled out all the stops to help boost the economy. The Fed announced approximately half a dozen actions it would take — including everything from slashing interest rates and launching a short-term lending facility.

Lawmakers also pledged to quickly approve a $1 trillion COVID-19 economic stimulus package that would send $1,200 checks to Americans making up to $75,000 per year, based on their fiscal year 2020 tax filing.

The coronavirus pandemic has also pushed the Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq into bear market territory.

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