Stocks Soar Overseas

Stocks in Asia went wild overnight, as the Nikkei rallied 4.6%, the highest its been since November. Hong Kong gained over 2%, while various other Asian markets rallied as well.

Europe is also getting in on the action, as the London, German and French markets are all trading up over 1%.

Helping shares in Europe: A profitable quarter from Barclays (BCS), which is getting good rNesults from its Lehman unit. With a balance sheet bigger than the GDP of the UK, it poses a huge risk to the entire country if it fails. Alas at the moment, that’s looking less and less likely.

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