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Banks, airlines surge after Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine news

Shares in banks and in the travel and leisure industries surged 10% or more on Monday after Pfizer PFE.N announced that its experimental COVID-19 vaccine was more than 90% effective, prompting a major rally in bourses across the world.
Sectors which had been the most hit by lockdowns, travel restrictions and social distancing introduced to curb the spread of COVID-19 made spectacular moves as traders rushed to price what could be a game changer for markets after months of being roiled by the pandemic.

Europe’s banking index .SX7P made its biggest one-day jump since the European sovereign debt crisis in 2011, gaining 10.9%. French banks Societe Generale SOGN.PA and BNP Paribas BNPP.PA led the way, up 18% and 14.5% respectively.

On Wall Street, JP Morgan JPM.N, Bank of America BAC.N and Goldman Sachs GS.N were all up between 4% and 8% in pre-market trading.

“Let’s just hope the vaccine deniers won’t get in the way, but 2021 just got a lot brighter,” said Neil Wilson, an analyst at Markets.com in London.

European airlines, hard hit by travel restrictions induced by the pandemic, rallied hard, with BA owner IAG ICAG.L, rising close to 40%.

Earlier, Britain’s transport minister Grant Shapps told an online airport industry conference that Britain was making “good progress” with a plan to allow COVID-19 tests to shorten a 14-day quarantine period for those returning from abroad, a change that could help fuel a recover in travel.

U.S. airlines, United UAL.O and American AAL.O jumped more than 20% in premarket trading.

The pan-European STOXX 600 index, which was already up after Joe Biden’s victory in the U.S. presidential election, jumped 4.5% to the highest since March. Futures tracking the S&P 500 jumped 4% to record highs, while Nasdaq futures turned negative.

Nasdaq 100 .NDX is home to the world’s biggest technology stocks, such as Netflix NFLX.O, Amazon AMZN.O, Apple AAPL.O and most of the companies that benefited from consumers sheltering in place across the world.

A similar trend was observed in Germany with shares in Hellofresh HFGG.DE, a clear winner from the lockdowns, among the few stocks losing ground with a 6.4% retreat.

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