The Dow climbed 704.81 points, or 2.99%, to close at 24,242.49. The S&P 500 advanced 2.68% to 2,874.56. The Nasdaq Composite advanced 1.38% to 8,650.14. Stocks jumped after a report said a Gilead Sciences drug showed some effectiveness in treating the coronavirus, giving investors some hope there could be a treatment solution that helps the country reopen faster.
STAT news reported that a Chicago hospital treating coronavirus patients with remdesivir — a Gilead drug — a trial were recovering rapidly from severe symptoms. The publication cited a video it obtained where the trial results were discussed. Investors have said that news of an effective treatment or vaccine would be needed for stocks to mount a sustainable comeback. "It's far too early to signal the all clear, but what this demonstrates is that coronavirus is a health problem that requires a health solution," says one strategist.