Washington Post

The stock market is ending 2020 in record territory, even as virus surges and millions go hungry

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The U.S. stock market ended 2020 at all-time highs, enriching the wealthy and capping off a soaring comeback despite a deadly pandemic that has killed more than 340,000 Americans and left millions jobless and hungry.

The S&P 500 index, the most widely watched gauge, is finishing the year up more than 16%. The Dow Jones industrial average and the tech-heavy Nasdaq gained 7.25% and 43.6%, respectively. The Dow and S&P 500 finished at record levels despite the ongoing public health and economic crises...

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