The major stock indexes in the United States rebounded on Monday after fears about the potential economic impact of the Omicron COVID-19 variant triggered a steep sell-off on Friday.
At the opening bell, the Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 118 points or 0.34 percent at 35,017.71, according to Refinitiv data.
The SP 500 – a proxy for the health of US retirement and college savings accounts – ticked up 34 points or 0.74 percent at the start of trading in New York. And the tech-heavy Nasdaq composite index opened 227 points or 1.47 percent higher.
Share prices were battered during Friday’s trading session – which was shortened due to the Thanksgiving holiday – after the World Health Organization called Omicron a “variant of concern” and countries tightened travel restrictions.
The Dow lost 905 points on Friday, marking its worse session since October 2020.
But a turnaround was in progress on Monday morning, as investors used Friday’s sell-off as a buying opportunity.
That was evident in energy shares, which took a beating on Friday only to lead Monday’s charge higher.
Travel shares including airlines and cruise operators were also getting a lift from bargain hunters.
And shares of vaccine makers Moderna, Johnson Johnson and BioNTech partner Pfizer and were getting a boost after the drug makers said they are working to adapt their COVID-19 jabs to the Omicron variant.
Moderna’s CEO told business news outlet CNBC that it could be months before a new Omicron-specific jab is ready to “ship in massive quantities”.
Also moving on Monday: Shares of Twitter gained more than 5 percent in the opening minutes of trading in New York after CNBC reported that Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey is expected to step down. But trade in the social media platform was halted pending news.