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World Stocks Surge; Dow Breaks All-Time High

World stock markets rose Tuesday as investors applauded China's pledge to stick to economic growth targets for its economy, the world's second largest. Outgoing Premier Wen Jiabao said the government would spend what it needs to meet the target of 7.5 percent enshrined in the latest five-year development plan.

Markets Cautious Ahead of Debt Ceiling Vote

Stock markets traded cautiously on Wednesday ahead of a U.S. vote on raising the nation's borrowing limit temporarily. The House is set to vote on a motion to increase the nation's $16.4 trillion borrowing ceiling for three months.

U.S. Stock Prices Dip Ahead of Earnings Season Kickoff

U.S. stocks fell Tuesday as traders awaited the start of the corporate earnings season. Market-watchers expect the quarter's results could include many surprises because of events like Superstorm Sandy, the presidential election, and the narrowly avoided "fiscal cliff."

Stocks Close Higher as Hope Rises for a Fiscal Cliff Deal

Stocks gained on signs that lawmakers are edging toward a deal that would help the U.S. avoid the "fiscal cliff." Indexes shrugged off an early loss and rose in afternoon trading Wednesday. The Dow closed up 106.98 points at 12,985.11. It had been down as much as 112 points in early trading.

Stock Markets Bounce Back as Hopes Rise for a Fiscal Cliff Deal

Hopes that President Barack Obama and U.S. lawmakers will be able to avoid a budget crisis helped world stock markets recover from earlier losses on Wednesday. European stock indexes, which were trading lower all day, closed higher, and the Dow and S&P rose.

Fiscal Cliff Impasse Pushes World Stock Markets Lower

Fear that congressional Republicans and President Obama will fail to steer the United States away from the fiscal cliff before a January deadline sent world stock markets lower on Wednesday. Britain's FTSE, Germany's DAX, Japan's Nikkei and France's CAC-40 all fell, and on Wall Street, both the Dow and the S&P 500 opened lower.

Markets Nervous as Eurozone Finance Ministers Meet on Greece

Concerns that European finance ministers will again fail to reach an agreement on handing over more bailout cash to Greece weighed on markets Monday. In addition, an election in Spain's Catalonia region that saw separatists gain ground is also adding to global investor worries.

Chinese Reserve Ratios Escape Recent Hike, Asian Markets Rise

Investors in Asia were quick to react to a report that China has canceled its last round of reserve ratio hikes, sending markets up on Tuesday. The Hang Seng rose 1.7% in Hong Kong, the Shanghai Composite inched up 0.1%, and in Japan the Nikkei 225 Index gained 0.2%.

Asian Markets Close Lower on Fears of Chinese Tightening Measures

Shares in Asia slid lower Friday as investors reacted to Chinese government moves to tighten credit and clamp down on inflation. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng Index fell 0.8% to 22,877, and in China, the Shanghai Composite sank 0.9% to 2,872. Japan's Nikkei 225 Index edged down 0.4% to 10,040.

Hang Seng Rallies After Goldman's Bullish Prediction

Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index climbed 2% to 24,145 Wednesday -- a two-year high -- after Goldman Sachs predicted the index could reach 29,000 in the next year. That, combined with expectations of a new $500 billion round of U.S. economic stimulus, was good news for Asian markets.

Asian Markets Are Mixed as Investors Eye U.S. Elections

In Asia on Tuesday, Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index rose 0.1%, China's Shanghai Composite inched down 0.3%. and in Japan, the Nikkei 225 crept up 0.1%. Investors are closely monitoring the U.S. midterm elections, with many predicting that if the Democrats lose their majorities in both the House and the Senate, the dollar will continue to slide.

Asian and European Markets Plunge

Most major indices in Europe and Asia were off about 3% due to concerns about debt of troubled E.U. nations, potential military action on the Korean peninsula, and worries that the U.K. and E.U. crisis could cause a global economic slowdown.

Japanese Banking Shares Surge

In Asia Wednesday, Japan's Nikkei 225 Index rose 0.9% to 10,177. Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index sank 0.9%, ending the day at 21,612 and China's Shanghai...