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LONDON — Here is how major stock markets outside the United States ended on Friday.

LONDON — The UK's FTSE 100 index broke a five-day losing streak but failed to cling onto the bulk of the day's strong advance as investors remained unconvinced by the sudden about-turn in sentiment. The FTSE 100 closed at 6163.2 points, up 48.9 or 0.80 percent down 119 from a week ago.

FRANKFURT — Ther Xetra DAX ended over one percent up after a triple-witching expiry and buoyed by Wall Street's continued rise above the 10,000 point level. Traders said technical trading had sent some stocks unexpectedly higher. The DAX-30 index closed at 5099.48 points, up 85.86 or 1.71 percent. In later screen-based trade the Xetra DAX index ended at 5108.75 points, up 82.96 or 1.65 percent up 77.69 from last Friday. PARIS — Paris stocks finally closed above hefty resistance at 4,200, bolstered by the Dow's surge above 10,000. The CAC-40 index closed at 4219.65 points, up 67.28 or 1.62 percent a rise of 44.62 since last week.

ZURICH — Swiss shares closed slightly firmer on relatively high volume of nearly six billion Swiss francs after the expiry of Eurex options. The Swiss market index closed at 7208.3 points, up 12.6 or 0.18 percent. This was down 42.4 on the week.

MILAN — Milan bourse indices closed well off highs as Wall Street's rally faded but still ended positive, supported by strong gains in banking stocks and a cluster of other blue chips. The All Share Mibtel index closed at 25238 points, up 151 or 0.60 percent a gain of 52.5 over the week.

AMSTERDAM — Dutch shares closed up, boosted by short-covering in options market as March options expired. Some players saw more gains next week for the Dutch market, which has lagged other European bourses and the U.S. market this year. The AEX index closed at 547.17 points, up 9.58 or 1.78 percent up 14.15 from a week ago.

HONG KONG — Blue chip stocks roared to a sharply higher close, breaking above the 11,000 level for the first time in 11 months on strong gains in overseas markets and hopes of a local interest rate cut. The Hang Seng Index surged 423.60 points or 3.97 percent to finish at 11,082.92 after hitting a new 1999 high of 11,127.23. There was a rise of 281.16 on the week.

TOKYO — Share prices surged as a strong showing on Wall Street helped to bring buyers flocking back to the Tokyo market, where hopes have been rising that the nation's battered economy may be finally set to recover. The key Nikkei average finished 4.20 percent or 660.86 points higher at 16,378.78, a gain of 889.92 since last Friday.

SYDNEY — The stock market closed higher, juiced up by Wall Street's renewed vigor. But the tonic wore off in afternoon trade as momentum stalled, and the key local stocks gauge failed to follow a U.S. run to record highs. The All Ordinaries index ended 16.8 points, or 0.57 percent, up at 2,984.5. For the week, the index was up 8.1 points.

JOHANNESBURG — South African stocks post a surprisingly strong run ahead of a long weekend on the back of short covering and stronger international markets. The All-share index closed at 6574.9 points, up 95.3 or 1.47 percent up 134.8 from last week. The All Gold index closed at 914.2 points, down 16.6 or 1.78 percent a fall of 88.3 since last Friday, while the Industrial index closed at 7711 points, up 128.4 or 1.69 percent. This was up 208.2 from last week.

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