Senator Bernie Sanders, an Independent from Vermont and 2020 presidential candidate, exits the U.S. Capitol after a vote in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.Al Drago | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesDow Jones Industrial Average rallies 779 pointsThe Dow gained 779.71 points, or 3.44%, to close at 23,433.57. The S&P 500 climbed 3.41% to 2,749.98. The Nasdaq Composite advanced 2.58% to 8,090.90. Stocks jumped after Sen. Bernie Sanders dropped out of the presidential race, relieving some of Wall Street’s political concerns amid the economic crisis stemming from the coronavirus.Bernie Sanders drops outSanders made his announcement in late-morning trading. Some of Sanders’ policy proposals, including Medicare for All, raised concern among several business owners and investors who feared taxes would go up under his presidency. Meanwhile, Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told Fox News on Wednesday that the U.S. death count related to the coronavirus is now lower than initially thought, noting there should be a turnaround after this week.Travel and energy stocks jumpWhat happens next?Weekly jobless claims are scheduled for release Thursday morning along with consumer sentiment data.Subscribe to CNBC PRO for exclusive insights and analysis, and live business day programming from around the world.
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