FTSE 100 up after record-breaking Wall Street rally

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Friday

If that holds it would be the Dow's fifth loss of 500 or more points out of 18 trading days in December.

Stocks fell sharply Monday after Trump lashed out at the central bank. That triggered further panic on Monday, with the global benchmark S&P 500 index of U.S. stocks slumping 2.7 per cent in what has been dubbed the "Mnuchin massacre".

In a sign some consumers are getting nervous about the economy amid volatile stock markets and the partial shutdown of the USA government, the Conference Board's consumer confidence index dropped to a five-month low in December and came in weaker than even the lowest economists' estimate in a Reuters poll.

Despite this, United States markets were still on track for their worst December since the height of the Great Depression in 1931. The Nasdaq was up 4 percent and on track to wipe out Monday's losses. the S&P posted a 2.9 percent pop in afternoon trading.

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The surge on Wall Street evoked a rally on Asia Pacific markets with Japan's Nikkei closing 3.9 percent higher after a five percent drop on Christmas Day.

But the gains halved as a pan-European equity index fell 1.1 percent after a strong open and export-reliant German shares lost 2 per cent. Apple Inc (AAPL.O), Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) and Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O) all fell by 2 percent or more. The S&P 500 and technology-heavy Nasdaq Composite also bounced.

Adding to investors' fears, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin made an unusual announcement that major us banks had "ample liquidity", adding confusion about banks' health to already volatile market conditions. Investors have also been unnerved by the personnel turmoil inside the Trump administration, trade tensions with China, the slowing global economy and worries that corporate profits are going to slip sooner or later.

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The Terriers have only scored 11 goals this season, the lowest of any club in the top four divisions in England. When asked if the players must take responsibility, Matic said: "Of course".

Technology companies, health care stocks, banks drove much of the broad rally. Credit card company Visa climbed 7 percent, and Mastercard was up 6.7 percent.

Volatility returned to USA markets, with stocks slumping back toward a bear market after the biggest rally in almost a decade faltered.

Inc (AMZN.O) jumped 4.02 percent after reporting a "record-breaking" season.

The energy sector was the best performing on Thursday as oil-exposed stocks lifted on the back of the price rise. Noble Energy slid 5.1 percent to $18.10.

Benchmark U.S. crude dropped 3.5 percent to settle at $44.61 a barrel in NY. Brent crude, used to price global oils, shed 68 cents to $53.79 a barrel.

CURRENCIES: The dollar strengthened to 110.57 yen from 110.41 yen on Monday. The euro rose to $1.1397 from $1.1353. Copper gained 1.5 per cent to $2.70 a pound.

Homebuilders mostly rebounded after an early slide following a report indicating that annual USA home price growth slowed in October.

There were also renewed concerns in Italy, where troubled lender Banca Carige was denied a cash call by its largest shareholder, pushing its shares down 12.5 percent.

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