Wall St inches higher at open after encouraging vaccine update


A man wears a protective mask as he walks past the New York Stock Exchange on the corner of Wall and Broad streets during the coronavirus outbreak in New York City, New York, U.S., March 13, 2020. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo

Dec 8 (Reuters) – Wall Street’s main indexes opened higher on Wednesday after Pfizer and BioNTech said a three-shot course of their COVID-19 vaccine was shown to have a neutralizing effect against the new Omicron coronavirus variant in a laboratory test.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (.DJI) rose 2.58 points, or 0.01%, at the open to 35,716.85.

The S&P 500 (.SPX) opened higher by 4.11 points, or 0.09%, at 4,690.86, while the Nasdaq Composite (.IXIC) gained 3.73 points, or 0.02%, to 15,690.65 at the opening bell.

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Reporting by Shreyashi Sanyal in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel

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