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Tech leads Wall St higher as virus fears grow

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09/25/2020 | 11:56am EDT

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* U.S. coronavirus cases top 7 million

* Costco Wholesale drops on high COVID-19 costs

* Cruise operators jump after Barclays upgrade

* Indexes up: Dow 0.36%, S&P 0.59%, Nasdaq 1.09%

Sept 25 (Reuters) - Wall Street's main indexes rose on Friday, led by technology-related stocks, but were still set for their longest weekly losing streak in a year as fears about the coronavirus' impact on the economy weighed on investor sentiment.

Shares of tech mega-caps including Facebook Inc, Alphabet Inc, Amazon.com Inc, Apple Inc and Netflix Inc, which are perceived as relatively safe assets at a time of economic uncertainty, climbed between 0.4% and 1.9%.

The information technology index jumped another 1.2% after outperforming for most of the week as investors ditched value-linked stocks in the face of deteriorating economic data.

"We've been down for a number of days and the market is such that it's looking for opportunities to buy," said Barry James, portfolio manager at James Investment Research in Ohio.

All the three major U.S. stock indexes are on course for their fourth straight week of declines - their longest weekly losing streak since August 2019.

Volatility has also shot up as investors look for clarity on more Congressional stimulus ahead of the Nov. 3 presidential election.

At 11:40 a.m. ET, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 97.00 points, or 0.36%, at 26,912.44, the S&P 500 was up 19.02 points, or 0.59%, at 3,265.61, and the Nasdaq Composite was up 116.18 points, or 1.09%, at 10,788.44.

The S&P industrials sector added 0.8% as data showed new orders for key U.S.-made capital goods jumped in August, while a 0.7% slide in energy stocks put them on course for one of their worst weeks since the coronavirus-driven crash in March.

Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line and Carnival Corp jumped more than 5% after a report that Barclays upgraded their stock to "overweight".

Costco Wholesale Corp fell 2.6% as the warehouse chain recorded high coronavirus-related costs for the second straight quarter.

Boeing Co gained 3.6% after Europe's chief aviation safety regulator said the planemaker's grounded 737 MAX could receive regulatory approval to resume flying in November and enter service by the end of the year.

Novavax Inc jumped 11.3% after the drugmaker launched a late-stage trial of its experimental COVID-19 vaccine in the UK.

Advancing issues outnumbered decliners 1.29-to-1 on the NYSE and 2.09-to-1 on the Nasdaq.

The S&P index recorded one new 52-week high and no new low, while the Nasdaq recorded 14 new highs and 30 new lows. (Reporting by Devik Jain in Bengaluru; Editing by Arun Koyyur and Anil D'Silva)

Stocks mentioned in the article
ChangeLast1st jan.
ALPHABET INC. 1.30% 1606.66 Delayed Quote.19.95%
AMAZON.COM, INC. -0.27% 3176.4 Delayed Quote.71.90%
APPLE INC. -0.96% 115.75 Delayed Quote.57.67%
BARCLAYS PLC 8.27% 112.912 Delayed Quote.-41.95%
COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATION -0.55% 375.75 Delayed Quote.27.84%
DJ INDUSTRIAL 0.54% 28363.66 Delayed Quote.-0.61%
FACEBOOK INC -0.22% 278.12 Delayed Quote.35.50%
NASDAQ 100 -0.02% 11662.91382 Delayed Quote.33.55%
NASDAQ COMP. 0.19% 11506.00579 Delayed Quote.28.23%
NETFLIX, INC. -0.78% 485.23 Delayed Quote.49.96%
NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE HOLDINGS LTD. 4.24% 17.71 Delayed Quote.-69.68%
NOVAVAX, INC. 2.67% 93.59 Delayed Quote.2,251.51%
ROYAL CARIBBEAN CRUISES LTD 4.45% 63.39 Delayed Quote.-52.52%
S&P 500 0.52% 3453.49 Delayed Quote.6.89%
THE BOEING COMPANY 3.18% 169.07 Delayed Quote.-49.70%
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