Rollercoaster for investors as Japan bounces on US data
Buoyed by positive data from the US which showed retail sales hit a three-month high and unemployment dropped marginally, the Nikkei and other indices all rebounded having lost a lot of ground on US stimulus fears earlier this week.
The Nikkei closed up 1.9% at 12,686 points, although it remains in bear market territory having tumbled 20% from recent highs.
US markets also enjoyed gains following the positive data, with the S&P 500 finishing up 1.5% at 1,636 points.
The UK has also got off to a positive start this morning, with the FTSE 100 up 0.2% at 6,319.