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Big Pharma’s COVID-19 vaccines injected $1 trillion into the S&P 500


Potential COVID-19 vaccines touted by pharmaceutical giants Pfizer and Moderna have upturned markets over the past 10 days, with investors flocking to stocks that might benefit from a potential return to normal life.

In fact, companies in the S&P 500 have added more than $1 trillion to their market values since Pfizer’s announcement, and both the Dow and the S&P set new record highs directly following Moderna’s tease on Monday.

Stocks hailing from the financials, industrials, and energy sectors have contributed the bulk of those gains so far, at least in terms of raw dollar value.

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Led by Warren Buffett‘s Berkshire Hathaway, finance companies in the S&P 500 grew by more than $324 billion between November 6 and November 16, representing a 24% rise in 10 days.

Buoyed by a stock portfolio that boasts some of the more bullish stocks like American Express, Berkshire stock is up 11% and now positive for the year.

Berkshire’s currently worth $542 billion, having grown by $58 billion after Pfizer and Moderna revealed the positive results of their individual vaccines trials.

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Energy, real estate stocks pumped way more on COVID vaccine news

Shopping centre kingpin Kimco Realty’s share price has risen 44%, transportation fuelers Valero is up 40%, as is hydrocarbon exploration company Diamondback.