World stocks boosted by Yellen, Chinese trade

Global equities are higher following better-than-expected Chinese trade figures and dovish comments from Janet Yellen, and ahead of interest-rate decisions from the European Central Bank and the Bank of England.

The ECB is expected to leave its benchmark rate at 0.25%, while the BOE is seen maintaining its key rate at 0.5%.

Japan +0.9%, Hong Kong +0.4%, China +0.2%, Hong Kong +0.1%.

Euro Stoxx 50 +0.4%, London +0.5%, Paris +0.6%, Frankfurt +0.6%, Milan +0.5%, Madrid +0.4%.

U.S. stock futures: Dow +0.1%. S&P +0.05%. Nasdaq +0.1%

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