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Dow climbs over 200 points early Friday as retail sales, consumer sentiment rise


U.S. stock benchmarks gained traction Friday morning, with gains partly attributed to data showing better-than-expected retail sales in September and along with an improvement in consumer sentiment, relieving fears about a slow economic recovery.

Wall Street sentiment was also supported by news of the possibility of a Pfizer vaccine by next month, even as the spread of the viral outbreak has forced some restrictions on business and travel in major European cities.

How are stock benchmarks performing?

The Dow Jones Industrial Average
were trading 227 points, or 0.8%, higher at 28,735; the S&P 500 index
was trading about 16 points higher…


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