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FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Global stocks bounced back strongly Friday, buoyed by sharply higher oil prices and the prospect of more monetary stimulus from the European Central Bank.

Japan led the rebound as the Nikkei had its best single day in four years, just two days after entering bear market territory.

KEEPING SCORE: In early European trading, France's CAC 40 added 3.0 percent to 4,332.78 and Germany's DAX rose 2.0 percent to 9,762.41 Britain's FTSE 100 climbed 2.23 percent to 5,902.61 U.S. stocks were poised to open higher. Dow futures were up 1.3 percent to 15,992.00 and broader S&P 500 futures rose 1.40 percent to 1,887.00.

A Chinese investor reads a newspaper at a brokerage house in Beijing, Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. Japan led a rally in Asian stocks Friday, extending a global
A Chinese investor reads a newspaper at a brokerage house in Beijing, Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. Japan led a rally in Asian stocks Friday, extending a global market rebound fueled by the prospect of more stimulus from the European Central Bank and a bounce in battered oil prices. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein) (Mark Schiefelbein/AP)

STIMULUS HOPE: European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi cheered investors by saying the bank is prepared to take action as early as its next meeting in March to expand existing stimulus efforts. While the ECB left key interest rates and its 1.5 trillion euro ($1.6 trillion) monetary stimulus program unchanged Thursday, Draghi underscored his willingness to ramp up the program if plummeting oil prices and market turmoil threaten the continent's weak economy.


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ASIAN SCORECARD: Japan's Nikkei 225 posted its biggest one-day gain in more than four months, soaring 5.9 percent to close at 16,958.53 on hopes the Bank of Japan would join Europe in promising additional monetary stimulus. South Korea's Kospi gained 2.1 percent to 1,879.43. Hong Kong's Hang Seng added 2.9 percent to 19,080.51 and the Shanghai Composite Index in mainland China climbed 1.3 percent to 2,916.56. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 rose 1.1 percent to 4,916.00.

A Chinese investor uses a computer terminal to check stock prices at a brokerage house in Beijing, Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. Japan led a rally in Asian stocks
A Chinese investor uses a computer terminal to check stock prices at a brokerage house in Beijing, Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. Japan led a rally in Asian stocks Friday, extending a global market rebound fueled by the prospect of more stimulus from the European Central Bank and a bounce in battered oil prices. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein) (Mark Schiefelbein/AP)
Benchmarks in Taiwan, Southeast Asia and New Zealand also ended higher.

ANALYST VIEW: "Monetary easing speculation is providing a boost for Asian markets today," Angus Nicholson, market analyst at IG in Melbourne, said in a commentary. "Nowhere more so than in Japan."

ENERGY: Oil prices rebounding from their lowest in 12 years are also supporting investor sentiment. Crude futures extended gains after bouncing back from their worst day in four months. U.S. benchmark crude rose by 1.62, or 5.5 percent, to $31.15 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent crude, a benchmark for international oils, rose $1.92 to $31.17 a barrel in London.

Chinese investors monitor stock prices on an electronic display in a brokerage house in Beijing, Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. Japan led a rally in Asian stocks
Chinese investors monitor stock prices on an electronic display in a brokerage house in Beijing, Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. Japan led a rally in Asian stocks Friday, extending a global market rebound fueled by the prospect of more stimulus from the European Central Bank and a bounce in battered oil prices. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein) (Mark Schiefelbein/AP)

CURRENCIES: The dollar rose to 118.25 yen Friday from 117.77 yen on Thursday. The euro weakened on the prospect of further stimulus, slipping to $1.0825 from $1.0851.

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Chan contributed from Hong Kong.


A Chinese investor checks stock prices on her cellphone in a brokerage house in Beijing, Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. Japan led a rally in Asian stocks Friday,
A Chinese investor checks stock prices on her cellphone in a brokerage house in Beijing, Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. Japan led a rally in Asian stocks Friday, extending a global market rebound fueled by the prospect of more stimulus from the European Central Bank and a bounce in battered oil prices. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein) (Mark Schiefelbein/AP)

A man looks at an electronic stock board showing stock prices at a securities firm in Tokyo, Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. Japan led a rally in Asian stocks
A man looks at an electronic stock board showing stock prices at a securities firm in Tokyo, Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. Japan led a rally in Asian stocks Friday, extending a global market rebound fueled by the prospect of more stimulus from the European Central Bank and a bounce in battered oil prices. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko) (Eugene Hoshiko/AP)

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