NEW YORK (AP) -- Wall Street is up sharply in early trading, setting the stage for an Election Day rally as investors look forward to putting the uncertainty of the presidential voting behind them.
Analysts generally do not believe that one candidate will boost the beaten down market more than the other.
In fact, they predict that stocks are headed for a recovery no matter who is elected.
The market was awaiting the Commerce Department's report on September factory orders at 10 a.m. Eastern time, but investors were clearly not anxious about the data.
In the first minutes of trading, the Dow Jones industrial average was up about 185 points, or 1.97 percent, at the 9,505 level.
The broader market indexes were also up over 1 percent.