Stocks rose strongly on Wednesday morning ahead of the inauguration of Joseph R. Biden as the nation's 46th president. President Biden enters the White House facing the twin crises of the pandemic and a battered economy, and is expected to move quickly on new stimulus measures and other initiatives. He will also sign a wide range of executive orders reversing Trump administration policies on his first day in office. The Dow rose 0.6%, the S&P 1.1%, and the Nasdaq 1.7%. Crude oil traded near $53.50 per barrel, while gold rose $16 to $1856 per ounce.