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U.S. stocks finished mixed, but were under pressure early in the session. News that the E.U. was banning U.K. flights to Europe generated a risk-off environment that initially weighed on U.S. stocks. The downward swing in U.S. equities came despite news that the U.S. Congress was planning to pass a 900-billion stimulus bill. As of the session’s close, the bill had still not passed in either House and had yet to be sent to President Trump. On Monday the Pfizer vaccine was approved for emergency use in the E.U., following Friday’s news that the Moderna vaccine was approved for emergency use in the U.S. Most sectors in the S&P 500 index were lower, led down by Energy and Utility shares. Financials bucked the trend. The upward movement in U.S. yields helped the financials break out.

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