The first half of the year was very strong for developed markets.
The second half of the year is now off to a good start.
US futures are higher by a bit over half a per cent.
Asia rallied overnight, with Shanghai gaining 0.8%, and Japan rallying 1.3%, with both indices having been negative earlier in their respective sessions.
Meanwhile, European markets are generally higher, following a set of strong manufacturing reports, particularly in peripheral countries.
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