U.S. stocks jumped on Friday following President Donald Trump’s new guidelines to reopen the economy and on a report of a drug to potentially treat COVID-19, while Boeing headed higher on plans to resume production.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 279.47 points, or 1.19 per cent, at the open to 23,817.15.
The S&P 500 opened higher by 42.88 points, or 1.53 per cent, at 2,842.43, while the Nasdaq Composite gained 135.12 points, or 1.58 per cent, to 8,667.48 at the opening bell.
Canada’s main stock index also rose. The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was up 235.86 points, or 1.7 per cent, at 14,135.18.
The week is ending on an upbeat note after the White House set guidelines to reopen the economy regardless of whether widespread testing will be available. The president is under pressure, with 22 million Americans applying for jobless benefits in a month, erasing a