Bloomberg (19/12) — Japanese and Australian index futures climbed as U.S. stock gauges soared to records after the Federal Reserve reduced stimulus while pledging to hold interest rates close to zero. The yen traded near a five-year low to the dollar, oil gained and Treasuries declined.

Nikkei 225 Stock Average futures jumped 4.2 percent in Chicago to 15,895 after contracts in Japan closed at 15,590 yesterday. Futures on the S&P/ASX 200 Index in Sydney climbed 1.1 percent as the Standard & Poor

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