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Reuters has reported that the US President Donald Trump said on Thursday the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would issue guidance for reopening churches very soon, possibly later on Thursday or Friday.

Key comments

We’re going to open our churches again.

Tere is a lot of ammunition left from Fed and Treasury to help the economy.

I think CDC is going to put something out very soon … They’re going to be issuing something today or tomorrow on churches.

Market impact

The US is a very religious country and such an event will lift consumer confidence and retail spending which is vital to the US economy. Churches, like many businesses across the United States, have been mostly shuttered in an attempt to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, though some states have allowed them to reopen with limitations.

The markets are making hay while the sunshines. As economies open up, demand is expected to pick up and that should support US stocks. However, the risk is that there will not be the kind of pick up the president would hope for. US virus cases continue to rise. the latest report was at just 1.5%; in line with the past week’s average.

No matter how much aid the Fed and Treasury dish out, the fac of the matter is,  until there is no vaccine, the population could be more inclined to stay at home and not spend the little money they have. More on that here: Global COVID-19 update: Global cases surpass 5 million, financial markets taking it in their stride