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* Banks rise on plans to access Fed’s discount window
* Boeing in talks to seek aid for battered aviation sector
* Regeneron jumps after positive update on COVID-19 treatment
* Full extent of coronavirus pandemic still uncertain
* Futures up: Dow 0.77%, S&P 0.83%, Nasdaq 1.29%
By Medha Singh
March 17 (Reuters) - Wall Street’s main indexes looked set for a bounce on Tuesday, a day after their biggest drop since the 1987 crash, as efforts to contain the rapidly-spreading coronavirus upended parts of the economy and dampened business sentiment.
The Federal Reserve’s severe move to cut interest rates to near zero on Monday sent the benchmark S&P 500 to late 2018 lows, marking its third-biggest daily percentage drop on record, beaten only by the 1987 rout and the Great Depression crash.
Randy Frederick, vice president of trading and derivatives for Charles Schwab in Austin, Texas expressed skepticism over the market’s bounce and said that the sentiment still remained weak.
“We have not experienced an issue like this in the last several decades, where it affects all industries and businesses everywhere in the world.”
As governments in the United States and Europe start shutting restaurants and schools, as well as asking people to stay home, several investors are concerned the current crisis could snowball into something bigger than a recession, including a credit crisis or even a depression.
“A recession is a fairly high probability. The question is when does it start,” Frederick said.
Wall Street’s three main indexes have plunged about 30% from their record closing highs in mid February, ending the U.S. stock market’s longest-ever bull run.
At 8:41 a.m. ET, Dow e-minis were up 158 points, or 0.77%. S&P 500 e-minis were up 20 points, or 0.83% and Nasdaq 100 e-minis were up 90.75 points, or 1.29%.
Big U.S. lenders ticked higher after announcing they would access funding from the Fed’s “discount window”. Bank of America Corp, Citigroup Inc, Goldman Sachs Group Inc , JP Morgan Chase & Co, and Wells Fargo & Co rose between 2.0% and 2.6% in premarket trading.
Boeing Co gained 2.6% after the planemaker said it was in talks with senior White House officials and congressional leaders about short-term assistance for the entire U.S. aviation sector.
United Airlines, Southwest Airlines Co and Delta Air Lines also rose more than 1.4%.
In a bright spot for healthcare stocks, Pfizer Inc gained 3.4% after the drugmaker signed a deal with Germany’s BioNTech SE to co-develop a potential coronavirus vaccine.
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc jumped 10.5% after the company said it had identified antibodies to potentially treat COVID-19.
China’s JD.com Inc rose 5.6% after the e-commerce company announced up to $2 billion in share buybacks and estimated a growth in sales in the current quarter. (Reporting by Medha Singh and Sanjana Shivdas in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila and Shounak Dasgupta)