Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /www/htdocs/v130899/news/wp-includes/functions-formatting.php on line 76
Stock markets in Japan and across Europe traded lower on Friday but finished the year with double-digit gains, significantly outperforming U.S. stock markets.
For the year, the Nikkei gained 40.24 percent — the biggest annual gain since 1986 amid encouraging signs of an economic recovery in Japan.
European stock indexes ended the year with smaller double-digit gains, propelled by buyout activity, a weaker dollar and corporate restructurings. The FTSE 100 climbed over 16 percent, Germany’s DAX 30 gained 28 percent and the French CAC 40 jumped around 24 percent. (Source: Mainichi)