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Global Shares Rise On Optimism Over Progress In Virus Battle

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A woman wearing a face mask walks past an electronic board showing Hong Kong share index outside a local bank in Hong Kong, Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Asian shares are rising, echoing the rally on Wall Street fueled by signs of hope that the coronavirus pandemic could be slowing. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

(AP) — Global shares are rising, fueled by hopes the peak of the coronavirus pandemic surge may come soon. Benchmarks in France, German and Britain advanced Tuesday. Wall Street futures are up again strongly, suggesting more gains on the open. In Asia, Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 gained 2.0% on news of a financial aid package to alleviate the blow to the economy from the outbreak. Shares in South Korea and China also rose. In a positive sign, China reported no new deaths from the coronarvirus. Encouraging signs also emerged from Europe and the U.S. on the illness.

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