In Asia, markets ended higher. Japan's Nikkei index gained 113.94 points, or 1.4%, to 8,234.18. High-tech companies and exporters rose, but bank stocks lacked a clear direction. Prime Minister Koizumi said that President Bush told him U.S. was supporting a strong U.S. dollar.
In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng index rose 89.81 points, or 0.95%, to 9,510.62.
Canada's benchmark S&P/TSX skipped 4.03 points, or 0.06%, to 6,836.21.