The benchmark Straits Times Index (STI) is up 0.05% or 1.45 points at 2,850.43 as at 3.06pm as US Congress reached a deal on Dec 20 for a Covid-19 relief package that amounts to almost US$900 billion ($1.19 trillion).

As at the mid-day break, the index was trading at 2,843.01, down 0.2% from Friday’s (Dec 18) close of 2,848.98.

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