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Explaining the markets, in three charts.

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It can be hard to keep up with everything going on in the markets. From DealBook, here is a chart-heavy spin through some of the big stories you need to know.

📈 Approaching another record. What pandemic? The S&P 500 came within a whisker of a record on Wednesday — it needs to close above 3,386.15, for those keeping score — defying the warnings of economic damage from the coronavirus. The index is up about 50 percent from its lowest point this year, nearly regaining all of the ground lost in a short but sharp bear market in the early stages of the pandemic.

✈️ Flying high (well, higher). U.S. airline stocks have gained about 15 percent over the past two weeks, amid signs that a resurgence in recorded virus cases hasn’t deterred some travelers. Sunday was the third-best travel day of the pandemic, according to airport security screening stats, at 31 percent of the number of people screened on the same day last year — but there is still a long way to go for a full recovery.


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