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Ukraine-Russia Talk Optimism Buoys European Stocks

  • Asian markets closed mixed, with a large sell-off in Hong Kong: Japan's NIKKEI closed up 145.07 pts or +0.58% at 25307.85 and the TOPIX ended 12.74 pts higher or +0.71% at 1812.28. China's SHANGHAI closed down 86.214 pts or -2.6% at 3223.533 and the HANG SENG ended 1022.13 pts lower or -4.97% at 19531.66
  • European equities are higher, with the German Dax up 401.48 pts or +2.95% at 14029.37, FTSE 100 up 19.95 pts or +0.28% at 7176.92, CAC 40 up 72.91 pts or +1.16% at 6337.45 and Euro Stoxx 50 up 82.79 pts or +2.25% at 3768.95.
  • U.S. futures are gaining, with the Dow Jones mini up 318 pts or +0.97% at 33243, S&P 500 mini up 34 pts or +0.81% at 4235.5, NASDAQ mini up 72 pts or +0.54% at 13364.

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