Millions have traveled to spots along the eclipse route in the U.S. As Fred Katayama reports, some hotels are nearly all full, and stocks tend to rise in the year after a total eclipse.
It's business' moment in the sun. Americans and U.S. companies are cashing in on the total eclipse that cuts across the United States Monday. Millions have traveled to spots along the route such as Carbondale, Illinois. That's where artist Matt Sronkoski is selling eclipse T-shirts. SOUNDBITE: MATT SRONKOSKI, T-SHIRT VENDOR FROM CARBONDALE, ILLINOIS, (ENGLISH) SAYING: "I have been selling them and sending them all over the country. There is people, from coast to coast." An eclipse-themed entertainment event at Southern Illinois University is sold out. Southwest Airlines has five flights today that it has marketed as offering the best views of the eclipse from the sky. Back on the ground, 12 million people live in the eclipse zone that includes Charleston, South Carolina. The Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau estimates hotels are between 95 and 100 percent full. At least tens of thousands are converging on this touristy city, where you can buy solar eclipse cheese plates and stemware. Maureen Sheridan is manager at the King Charles Inn. SOUNDBITE: MAUREEN SHERIDAN, MANAGER, KING CHARLES INN, (ENGLISH) SAYING: "We are very excited. We offered a premium package in March of this year, and it sold out within a few weeks." Wall Street in New York will see only a partial eclipse, LPL Financial's senior market strategist notes U.S. stock prices have risen 17 percent a year on average 12 months after a total solar eclipse. A sunny stat, but he says don't make an investment based on that.