US stock markets leap higher
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(Close): US stock markets leapt higher in Thursday trading, boosted by hopes of more stimulus in the eurozone.
The tech-heavy Nasdaq gained 85.72 points, or 1.84%, to 4,736.19.
It follows gains in Europe as speculation increased that the European Central Bank may launch a plan to buy government bonds to help the economy.
Investors were also encouraged by Wednesday's minutes from the Federal Reserve in which it indicated that a rate rise before April would be unlikely.