Stock Market Today: Dow Claws Out Gains as U.K. Begins Vaccine Rollout

The weight of COVID case loads and hospitalizations on market sentiment were outweighed Tuesday by vaccine rollouts and slow progress toward coronavirus stimulus.

Doctor prepping a vaccination
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The fight against COVID-19 reached a new milestone on Tuesday, helping the markets finish with slight gains and pushing a few indices to new highs.

The United Kingdom began administering the first doses of a coronavirus vaccine from Pfizer (PFE, +3.2%) and BioNTech (BNTX, +1.9%) that received emergency-use authorization there last week (a similar U.S. clearance is expected in days).

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Kyle Woodley

Kyle Woodley is the Editor-in-Chief of WealthUp, a site dedicated to improving the personal finances and financial literacy of people of all ages. He also writes the weekly The Weekend Tea newsletter, which covers both news and analysis about spending, saving, investing, the economy and more.

Kyle was previously the Senior Investing Editor for, and the Managing Editor for before that. His work has appeared in several outlets, including Yahoo! Finance, MSN Money, Barchart, The Globe & Mail and the Nasdaq. He also has appeared as a guest on Fox Business Network and Money Radio, among other shows and podcasts, and he has been quoted in several outlets, including MarketWatch, Vice and Univision. He is a proud graduate of The Ohio State University, where he earned a BA in journalism. 

You can check out his thoughts on the markets (and more) at @KyleWoodley.