Equities go from strength to strength

Global equity markets have continued their upward move throughout the afternoon.

Stocks finished on a high note as a mixture of impressive corporate earnings and better-than-expected economic indicators increases investor confidence.

Mining companies are in the black after China revealed manufacturing figures that were not too hot but still in line with expectations.

Traders have shaken off the poor results from Barclays on Tuesday and honed in on the swing to profitability by Lloyds today. The banking sectors as a whole is up nearly 2%.

Reassurance from the Bank of England and the European Central Bank that interest rates will remain low for the foreseeable future gave traders another reason to buy stocks, with further good news provided by better-than-expected economic indicators from the UK and the eurozone.

In the US the Dow is up 0.75%, as Ben Bernanke of the Federal Reserve did not mention anything about tapering the stimulus package last night. Traders also welcomed strong jobless claims and ISM new orders reports.

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