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(Best Syndication News) Most markets around the world were higher on Friday as investors monitored positive economic news from the United States and Europe (see stock market charts below). Consumer sentiment in February improved and initial jobless claims were lower than expected last week.

Asian markets benefited from the improved economy. The Shanghai (China) composite, the Nikkei 225 (Japan), and the Hang Seng (Hong Kong) indexes were all higher (see the world market chart below). The S&P/ASX 200 (Australia) was up one-half percent while the TSEC Taiwan index gained 0.28 percent.

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(Best Syndication News) Stock markets are opening higher in Europe and Asia Friday after a positive day in the United States Thursday (see stock charts below). Confidence was boosted after the U.S. Department of Labor released their jobs numbers.

The Shanghai (China) composite index closed 1.24 percent higher while the Nikkei 225 (Japan) and Hang Seng (Hong Kong) gained 0.54 percent and 0.12 percent respectively.

The optimism is spreading through Europe early Friday. The CAC 40 (France) and DAX (German) have been down three straight days, but on Friday both indexes are pushing higher. The FTSE 100 (England) is also opening in the green (see the world market chart below for Thursday’s totals).

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(Best Syndication News) Markets are mixed in Asia on Thursday after a negative day on Wall Street Wednesday (see the stock charts below). The Shanghai (China) Composite and the Nikkei 225 (Japan) are higher while the Hang Seng (Hong Kong) closed lower. In Europe, the DAX (Germany) is lower; however the CAC 40 (France) and the FTSE 100 (England) are opening higher.

Markets in the United States were under pressure after the Fitch rating agency downgraded Greek debt. Traders began to move their holdings into government safe-havens and gold on Wednesday.

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(Best Syndication News) Stock markets in Asia are opening higher on Wednesday after a mostly positive day on Wall Street Tuesday (see the stock charts below). The Hang Seng (Hong Kong), the Nikkei 225 (Japan), and the Shanghai (China) composite indexes were all higher.

Most of the optimism came from Europe. The EU, the European Central Bank (ECB), the International Monetary Fund (IMF), along with Greek lawmakers, hammered out an agreement to ensure the second round of bailouts. Greece will cut the yield return to private bond holders, the ECB will forgo profits on their Greek debt holdings, and the IMF will help shore-up EU banks.

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(Best Syndication News) Stock markets are opening lower in Europe after mixed results in Asia Tuesday (see stock charts below). Equities declined despite an announcement that European leaders are a step closer to finalizing the next Greek bailout package.

The agreement needs to be finalized by individual parliaments; however, on Tuesday European Finance Ministers sealed the 130-billion-euro ($172 billion) bailout package for the Hellenic Republic. Bond holders will need to take-on more losses. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the European Union (EU) will need to play a role as well.

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