BUZZ-Travel stocks gain as U.S. stimulus, vaccine progress boost growth hopes

Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, American Airlines and United Airlines Holdings gain between 2.6% and 3.8%

  

** Travel-related stocks, among the worst hit by the pandemic, rose in premarket trading on vaccine cheer and as the U.S. House of Representatives passed a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill 

** The U.S. government on Saturday authorized Johnson & Johnson's single-dose COVID-19 vaccine, the third vaccine authorized in the United States.

** The accelerated global roll-out of vaccinations against COVID-19 has fueled hopes of an economic rebound

** Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, American Airlines and United Airlines Holdings gain between 2.6% and 3.8%

** The wider S&P 1500 airlines index up 24.5% YTD

** Cruise operators Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings and Carnival Corp rise between 4% and 4.9%

** Hotel chains Hilton Worldwide Holdings and Marriott International add between 1.1% and 2.3%, while casino operators Wynn Resorts and MGM Resorts International advance ~1% and 1.8%, respectively

** Travel booking cos Expedia Group, Booking Holdings and Tripadvisor Inc up between 1.7% and 4.8%

(Reporting by Devik Jain in Bengaluru) ((Devik.Jain@thomsonreuters.com; within U.S. +1 646 223 8780; outside U.S. +91 80 6182 2062; ;))

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