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Christine Lagarde

World stocks rise on improved economic data

World stock markets mostly rose Tuesday on improved economic data from Japan and the eurozone as well as hopes for more central bank stimulus.

Meanwhile, the International Monetary Fund's inclusion of the yuan in its basket of major currencies raised confidence in China's progress toward financial liberalization.

KEEPING SCORE: Germany's DAX fell 0.1 percent to 11,369.21 and France's CAC 40 edged 0.2 percent lower to 4,948.98. Britain's FTSE 100 gained 0.5 percent to 6,385.32. Wall Street appeared poised for a move back into positive territory. Dow and S&P 500 futures added 0.3 percent.

JAPAN DATA: Japanese shares rose above the psychological benchmark of 20,000...