Asian stocks headed for their biggest gain since October amid a global rally. Japan's Topix (TPX) index jumped on a weaker yen and Chinese shares surged to a four-year high.
WASHINGTON - The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell last week as the economy's continued improvement tempered dismissals.
The planned acquisition by ATOS of the ITO business of Xerox is far more than an obscure stir in an alphabet soup as it reflects a bid that puts trust over cost in the global information technology outsourcing market.
LONDON (Reuters) - The yen fell on Friday amid expectations of further stimulus next year to bolster Japanese inflation and also on a revival of global risk sentiment after battered oil prices and Russia's ruble stabilised.
The Dow Jones industrial average had its biggest day in three years, soaring more than 400 points as the stock market extended a rally into a second day.