Big gains on Wall Street today; Sports betting starts tomorrow in Mississippi

August 16, 2018 - 4:20 pm

Bruce Vale reporting

Stocks jumped sharply today as officials from the U.S. and China said the two nations will hold low-level trade talks next week.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 396 points to close at 25,558.

The Nasdaq Composite gained 32 points.

The S&P 500 rose 22 points.

Crude futures rose 45 cents to settle at $65.46 a barrel.

Casino and racetrack operator Penn National Gaming is now set to offer sports betting at its five Mississippi casinos. Hollywood Casino in Bay St. Louis and Boomtown Casino Biloxi will get it all started tomorrow and then the company’s three Tunica casinos will offer sports betting a week from tomorrow.

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