US stocks gain as President Trump asks for $2,000 stimulus checks

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US stocks gain as President Trump asks for $2,000 stimulus checks
President Donald J. Trump speaks during an election event in the East Room at the White House in the early morning hours on November 4, 2020 in Washington, D.C.Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images
  • US stocks gained on Wednesday as President Trump said that he wants Congress to increase the stimulus checks included in the anticipated coronavirus relief deal to $2,000 from $600.
  • Democrats are on board with increasing the amount of direct payments to Americans, with House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi responding to Trump's demand with, "Let's do it!"
  • With a government shutdown deadline fast approaching and much of Congress home for the holidays, a swift passage of an altered stimulus deal seems unlikely.
  • Watch major indexes update live here.

US stocks gained on Wednesday as President Trump asked Congress to increase the planned $600 stimulus checks included in the upcoming coronavirus relief package to $2,000.

In a video announcement on Tuesday, Trump signaled he may veto the stimulus deal passed by Congress this week, expressing disappointment in the small stimulus checks and other spending initiatives attached to the bill.

Democrats were on board with Trump's request. House majority leader Nancy Pelosi responded by saying "Let's do it!"

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But chances of a quickly revised deal seem unlikely with a government shutdown fast approaching and most of Congress home for the holidays.

Here's where US indexes stood shortly after the 9:30 a.m. ET open on Wednesday:

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Pfizer and the US government reached a new deal worth nearly $2 billion for 100 million COVID-19 vaccine doses. 70 million additional doses would be available to the US by the end of June 2021, with an additional 30 million doses available by the end of July 2021.

Elon Musk revealed on Twitter that during the darkest days of Tesla amid the Model 3 ramp up, he reached out to Apple's Tim Cook about a potential deal between the two companies, but Cook wouldn't take the meeting.

Ripple's XRP token has fallen as much as 30% after the SEC filed a lawsuit against the cryptocurrency firm for running a $1.3 billion unregistered offering.

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Nikola fell as much as 12% after it ended a collaboration with Republic Services to develop and manufacture electric garbage trucks.

Oil prices edged higher. West Texas Intermediate crude jumped as much as 0.74%, to $47.37 per barrel. Brent crude, oil's international benchmark, gained 0.62%, to $50.39 per barrel, at intraday lows.

Gold rose as much as 0.12%, to $1,872.60 per ounce.

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