NEW YORK (AP) — Stock indexes are trading mostly higher on Wall Street, despite deepening unrest across the U.S., as investors hope that the gradual lifting of lockdown provisions will help economies recover from the damage caused by the coronavirus outbreak. The S&P 500 rose 0.4% in afternoon trading. The gains were led by stocks that would stand to benefit the most from a growing economy, including banks and industrial companies. The price of crude oil rose again, which helped energy companies. Markets in Europe and Asia also rose. Bond yields rose slightly, another sign that pessimism was ebbing among investors.
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank could soon be ramping up its campaign against the pandemic to more than a trillion euros. Analysts say that the monetary authority for the 19 euro countries could add 500 billion euros in stimulus at its policy meeting Thursday. That would bring bond purchases aimed at preventing a financial crisis to 1.25 trillion euros, or $1.4 trillion. Some think the bank might do a smaller amount or wait until a meeting in July.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's tourism minister says the country is ready to welcome tourists from all over the world this summer but will be adhering to the advice of health experts to ensure it remains a safe destination in terms of the risk of coronavirus exposure. Greece has managed to hold its outbreak to a comparatively low level after imposing a lockdown early. Authorities are now trying to balance promoting the tourism-reliant country as a safe destination while also ensuring that foreign visitors don’t trigger a new outbreak.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The astronauts launched into orbit by SpaceX have joined in the ringing of the opening bell for Nasdaq. NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken took part in the ceremony from the International Space Station, three days after their historic launch on a rocket built and owned by Elon Musk's company. They floated alongside space station commander Chris Cassidy as he rang a ship's bell to open trading on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal safety investigators are going over the heads of aviation regulators by urging leading helicopter manufacturers to install so-called black boxes that would help determine the cause of crashes like the one that killed former NBA star Kobe Bryant. The National Transportation Safety Board appealed directly to six manufacturers after the Federal Aviation Administration failed to act on the board’s recommendations to require the devices on most helicopters.