World stocks rise

European equities generally follow Asian stocks higher despite the German Ifo index of business confidence falling to its lowest level this year. Improved Chinese and U.S. manufacturing data seem to be boosting sentiment.

Investors are keeping an eye on Ukraine ahead of a presidential election on Sunday and amid further violence, as well as on a military coup in Thailand, although neither event seems to be having too much of an impact on markets.

Japan +0.9%, Hong Kong +0.05%, China +0.7%, India +1.1%.

Euro Stoxx 600 +0.1%, London -0.2%, Paris +0.1%, Frankfurt +0.2%, Milan +0.5%, Madrid flat.

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

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