In Asia, major stock indexes ended with strong gains. Japan's Nikkei index finished up 247.43 points, or 2.59%, to 9,795.16, hitting a 10-month high during the session. Rumors surfaced that Japanese institutional investors decided to buy stocks to play catch up with the latest market rally, reports S&P MarketScope. Meanwhile, Hong Kong's Hang Seng index rose 255.59 points, or 2.65%, to 9,892.4.
Canada's benchmark S&P/TSX soared 66.55 points, or 0.95%, to 7,068.43.