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Stocks closed up more than 9% on Tuesday, marking yet another day of huge moves in the stock market amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Driving the news: Congressional leaders signaled that they're close to striking a deal on a massive stimulus package that will soften the blow for businesses and consumers as the pandemic threatens an unprecedented halt in economic activity.

By the numbers: The S&P 500 jumped 9.3%. The Dow rose 11.2% (or 2,112 points), while the Nasdaq climbed 8.1%.

  • It was the Dow's biggest percentage gain since 1933.

What to watch: President Trump told Fox News he would like to have the country "opened up, and just raring to go" by Easter, which is less than 3 weeks away. Economists warn restarting economic activity before the coronavirus is contained would be more harmful for the economy in the long-run.

  • "Trying and failing to reopen the economy before economic activity is organically ready to resume could have dire economic consequences," Michael Strain, an economist at right-leaning think tank AEI, wrote in a Bloomberg op-ed today.

Of note: One of the first economic data points since the economy shuttered in response to the coronavirus was released this morning. As expected, it wasn't pretty.

  • Indices measuring activity in the U.S. manufacturing and service sectors fell to the lowest level since 2008.
  • For the eurozone, the index saw the worst reading ever in the survey's 22-year history.

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Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 10 p.m. ET: 32,471,119 — Total deaths: 987,593 — Total recoveries: 22,374,557Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 10 p.m. ET: 7,032,524 — Total deaths: 203,657 — Total recoveries: 2,727,335 — Total tests: 99,483,712Map.
  3. States: "We’re not closing anything going forward": Florida fully lifts COVID restaurant restrictions — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam tests positive for coronavirus.
  4. Health: Young people accounted for 20% of cases this summer.
  5. Business: Coronavirus has made airports happier places The expiration of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance looms.
  6. Education: Where bringing students back to school is most risky.
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Biden pushes unity message in new TV wave

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What he's saying: The ad — which began Friday night, and is a follow-up to "Fresh Start" — draws from a Biden speech earlier in the week in Manitowoc, Wisconsin:

Trump prepares to announce Amy Coney Barrett as Supreme Court replacement

Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Photo: Matt Cashore/Notre Dame University via Reuters

President Trump is preparing to nominate federal appeals court Judge Amy Coney Barrett of Indiana, a favorite of both the social conservative base and Republican elected officials, to succeed Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Republican sources tell Axios.

Why it matters: Barrett would push the already conservative court further and harder to the right, for decades to come, on the most important issues in American politics — from abortion to the limits of presidential power. If confirmed, she would give conservatives a 6-3 majority on the high court.