Global stocks jumped and US equity futures spiked in light overnight trading, after President Trump unexpectedly signed the $2.3 trillion spending package on Sunday evening and as investors continued to celebrate a last-minute trade deal clinched between Britain and the European Union.
By backing off from his previous threat to block the bipartisan bill, Trump allowed millions of Americans to continue receiving unemployment benefits and averted a federal government shutdown. The stimulus “could be supportive of the market, supportive of the U.S. economy,” said Suresh Tantia, strategist at Credit Suisse Group AG. “Next year all the building blocks are there for markets to continue this rally.”
“As the coronavirus pandemic has shown little sign of abating, the emergency aid was needed to avoid a sharp slowdown in the economy during the first quarter,” said Nobuhiko Kuramochi, market strategist at Mizuho Securities. “It would have been unsettling if we hadn’t had it by the end of year,” he added.