Stocks hit near-16-month highs and industrial commodities rallied on Monday as a surge in Chinese exports boosted optimism towards the global economy.
Meanwhile, gold bounced sharply after the dollar resumed its slide in the wake of Friday's disappointing US jobs data.
The FTSE World equity index rose 0.6 per cent to 355, its highest level since mid-September 2008.
富时环球指数(FTSE World equity index)周一上涨0.6%，至355点，为2008年9月中旬以来最高水平。
Major national and regional benchmarks bolted to similar multi-month peaks, though their gains were later curtailed after Wall Street gave up its initial advance.
The S&P 500 in New York opened up 0.4 per cent at 1,149, but was later flat at 1,145 as nervousness about the fourth-quarter earnings season appeared to take hold. The FTSE 100 in London, which had earlier breached the 5,600 level, rose 0.1 per cent at 5,538, while the FTSE Eurofirst 300 fell 0.1 per cent to 1,064, with energy and retailing groups providing support.
纽约标普500指数大幅高开，上涨0.4%，至1149点，但随后在1145点上下徘徊，原因是投资者对第四季度公司盈利报告季节感到紧张。受能源及零售企业支撑，英国富时100指数一度突破5600点关口，最终收于5538点，上涨0.1%，而富时Eurofirst 300 (FTSE Eurofirst 300)指数下跌0.1%，报收1064点。
Bourses in Asia were buoyant earlier in the global session. The FTSE Asia-Pacific index jumped 1 per cent – to a 17-month peak – despite no help from Tokyo, which was closed for a public holiday.
从全球来看，稍早时亚洲股市普遍上涨。富时亚太指数(FTSE Asia-Pacific index)上涨1%，创17个月来新高，不过，东京方面因公共假日休市一天，对此并无贡献。
Equities were invigorated by news over the weekend that China's exports and imports had risen far more than expected, a sign that demand was increasing among China's trading partners and domestically.
“Growth in [China's] exports is expected to be strong in the coming months due to steady improvement in external demand combined with low base effects. Continued recovery in China's industrial sector should support increased demand for energy and raw material imports,” said Jing Ulrich, managing director and chairman of China equities and commodities at JPMorgan.
Sydney was a leading gainer, rising 0.8 per cent to 4,950 as resource stocks powered ahead.
Shares in mainland China were also helped by Beijing's decision to liberalise its financial markets, and the Shanghai Composite rose 0.5 per cent to 3,213. The Hang Seng in Hong Kong also rose 0.5 per cent, to 22,411, as brokerage groups made ground.
In currencies, the dollar continued to move lower – adding to the loses it suffered on Friday following the non-farm payrolls data. The greenback fell 0.8 per cent versus the euro to $1.4528 and lost 0.7 per cent to 76.91 on a trade-weighted basis.
The US Congress moved closer to punishing China for allegedly manipulating its currency, as a key committee of the House of Representatives voted to advance legislation that could