Stocks on firm ground as markets brace for central bank loaded week

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By Dhara Ranasinghe LONDON (Reuters) – World stocks, oil prices and the dollar firmed on Monday as a generally upbeat mood took hold of world markets ahead of a host of central bank meetings this week that includes the U.S. Federal Reserve. Equity markets across Europe opened higher, with the pan-region STOXX 600 index last up 0.35%, while U.S. equity futures were around 0.25% firmer. China’s blue-chip CSI300 index closed up 0.6%. It rose to its highest in almost five months on hopes for more stimulus as the country’s top leaders vowed to prioritise economic stability in 2022. Omicron remained…

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