US stocks extend gains Wednesday despite unrest

US Stock futures extended gains Wednesday morning as investors set their sights on more major cities’ plans to reopen businesses in the near-term as the coronavirus pandemic eased.

Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average YMM20, +0.87% YM00, +0.87% were up 159 points, or 0.6%, at 25,860, those for the S&P 500 index ESM20, +0.60% ES00, +0.60% were trading 12.60 points, or 0.4%, higher at 3,089.50, while Nasdaq-100 futures NQM20, +0.36% NQ00, +0.36%A gained 28.50 points to reach 9,676.25, a rise of 0.3%.

Markets have climbed a virtual wall of worry to head higher over the past several sessions, shrugging of social strife and violent demonstrations in major cities, testiness between the U.S. and China and the economic carnage wrought by a viral pandemic.