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Inside the Market

Before the bell: Stocks rise despite sour economic news

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Markets are still enthralled by bad economic news, under the impression that slow, disappointing activity points to further stimulus by the world’s central banks: European stocks were modestly higher on Thursday morning, Japan’s Nikkei 225 rose more than 2 per cent in overnight trading and U.S. futures pointed to a higher opening, despite some not-so-good developments.