JAKARTA, Dec 19 (Reuters) - Most Southeast Asian stock markets continued their rally on Friday as global markets cheered the U.S. Federal Reserve's pledge to be "patient" in its interest rate decision.
WASHINGTON - The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell last week as the economy's continued improvement tempered dismissals.
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 surged the most since 2011 and the Standard & Poor's 500 index capped its best two-day gain in three years as global equities rallied on the Federal Reserve's pledge to be patient on boosting rates.
F ILE - In this Monday, Dec. 29, 2008 file image provided by Greenpeace, coal ash slurry left behind in a containment pond near the Tennessee Valley Authority's Kingston Fossil Plant is shown in Harriman, Tenn.