The New York Stock Exchange lit up again with a bang as US State Governor Andrew Cuomo rang the opening bell to commence trading.
The bustling trading floor has come back to life after a two-month shutdown - but now features plexiglass barriers, masks and a reduced number of traders.
The S&P 500 was up 1.2 percent and the Dow gained nearly 530 points on the first day back.
"These little baby steps that we start to see different states reopening, different policies that are being allowed that weren't allowed two weeks ago - these are all clear signals that we're moving in the right direction," floor trader Jonathan Corpina said.
To add to the good news, US consumer confidence also managed to inch up this month, showing signs of stabilizing.