U.S. stock futures pointed to a slightly higher open on Wednesday amid hope that the number of new coronavirus cases is starting to decline.

Posted on April 8, 2020

Stocks pressured by the coronavirus outbreak rose in the premarket. Carnival, Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean all advanced at least 2.7%. MGM Resorts gained 3.8% while Wynn Resorts climbed 2.7%. American led airline stocks higher with a 5.1% jump. United and Delta traded higher by 4.9% and 3.6%, respectively.

However, some investors believe equities were getting ahead of the reality where coronavirus shutdowns are likely to weigh on the economy significantly beyond the second quarter. The major averages have rallied about 20% from their March 23 lows.