In London, markets rebounded from heavy losses on Monday, prompted by news that Bear Stearns had been bought for a cut down price, and the FTSE 100 added 106.6 points (1.97%) to 5,521.
Shire added 92.5 points (9.26%) to £10.91, while Man Group climbed 24.5 points (5.04%) to 510.5p.
Kazakhmys led some minor losses, down 13 points (0.8%) to £16.11, while Carnival dropped 2 points (0.11%) to £17.88.
On Wall Street, trading got off to a shaky start as markets reeled from the buyout of Bear Stearns, but recovered before the end of the day, with the Dow Jones up 21.16 (0.18%) to 11,972.25.
JP Morgan Chase made impressive gains after it bought the beleaguered bank for just $2 per share, adding 3.77 (10.32%) to 40.31, while Verizon Communications gained a more modest 0.79 (2.34%) to 34.61.
General Motors lost 1.39 (7.23%) to 17.83, while Alcoa dropped 1.29 (3.36%) to 37.10.
In Tokyo, shares bounced back after a three-day sell off convinced investors that there were bargains to be had, with the Nikkei 225 adding 176.65 points (1.5%) to 11,964.16.
Japan Airlines Corp gained 3.6% to 257 yen after a Credit Suisse analyst raised his rating to ‘neutral’ from ‘underperform’. However, falling gold and copper prices meant Sumitomo Metal Mining Co lost 7.9% to 1,911 yen.
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