>> Plunging one day, soaring the next, it's been a wild week for global stocks. But it looks to be ending on an upbeat note. Asia Pacific Sharing says that buys as much as 1% Friday. Japan's
only one that bought the trend with a small slide. A similar story later in Europe.
In London, the FTSE Index up by around 1% in early trade. The gains end a week that saw the US stocks plunge, then post their biggest day rise in nearly a decade. For all Friday's recovery, there's no hiding the jittery mood, though. Assets traditionally viewed as a safe haven, like gold and the Japanese yen, still finding buyers.
Worries remain over a US-China trade war. Fear too that rate hikes could cut growth in the US. And when you zoom out from the daily action, it's still a grim month for stocks. All three major US indexes down more than 9% in December. Eyes now on a speech by Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell on January 4th.
And lists watching for any signs that he's backing away from further rate increases.>> And unemployment is low and