Stocks surged, giving the Dow Jones Industrial Average its biggest rally since March 2009, and the euro strengthened as six central banks made additional funds available to ease strains from Europe’s debt crisis. Treasuries fell while commodities jumped.
The MSCI All-Country World Index climbed 3.7 percent at 4 p.m. New York time and is up 7.6 percent in three sessions. The Dow gained 4.2 percent to 12,045.68, while the Stoxx Europe 600 Index capped its best four-day gain in three years. The dollar weakened against all 16 major peers, with the euro up 0.9 percent to $1.3441. The cost for European banks to fund in dollars retreated from the highest since 2008. Oil jumped to almost $101 a barrel and copper rose 5.5 percent.