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Dow Surpasses 30,000 for the First Time as Biden Transition Starts

Nicole Spector
·1-min read
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Display of Stock market quotes with city scene reflect on glass

History was made on Wall Street on Tuesday morning, when the Dow Jones Industrial Average exceeded 30,000 points for the first time ever, soaring more than 400 points to break 30,000.

The milestone moment, which occurred shortly before noon, comes in the wake of recent news of three promising coronavirus vaccines and the FDA’s emergency approval of Regeneron’s antibody therapy for COVID-19 patients.

Also contributing to investor excitement is the official passing of the presidential torch to President-elect Joe Biden. Though President Donald Trump has yet to concede and Biden won’t be sworn in until Jan. 20, the General Services Administration has informed the Biden-Harris administration that the Trump administration is ready to begin the formal transition process. Biden is reported to be appointing Janet Yellen, top economist and former chair of the Federal Reserve, as his secretary of the treasury, and this news also buoyed the stock market. Yellen is a familiar face to Wall Street and investors typically trust her no-nonsense, problem-solving approach, expecting that she will go to great lengths to restore the economy.