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US: Major North American equity market indices again finished in positive territory amid relatively light trading volume during the holiday-shortened week in the US, with markets closed on Thursday and operating in an abbreviated session on Friday.
Europe: European equities rose last week as encouraging data raised hopes of a strengthening economic rebound. The expulsion of former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi from government lifted sentiment further.
Asia Pacific Asian stockmarkets rose last week, lifted by upbeat US housing and labour data. Japanese shares reached a six-year high at one stage, as the weak yen boosted export-sector stocks.
Emerging Markets: Emerging market equities rose last week, lifted by upbeat US housing and labour data.