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Investing.com — U.S. stock markets opened higher on Tuesday, as investors appeared largely content to adopt a wait-and-see policy ahead of the runoff elections for Georgia’s two Senate seats.
The outcome of those elections – which is only expected to be clear on Wednesday morning according to state officials – will determine who has control of the Senate for the next two years. A single Republican victory would be enough to keep the upper chamber in the hands of the GOP, and defend its leverage over fiscal policy. If, however, both seats fall to the Democratic Party candidates, then the Democrats will have control of the presidency and both chambers, potentially paving the way for some sharp increases both in federal spending and taxes.
By 9:40 AM ET (1440 GMT), the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 159 points, or 0.5%, at 30,383 points. The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite were also up in parallel by 0.5%. All three cash indices had lost over 1% on Monday, the first time they had opened the year with a down day since 2016.