Strong Asian and European manufacturing reports boost global stocks, and US markets seem set to follow.
Stocks are higher, though the day's biggest event may be yet to come as the FOMC completes it latest meeting and prepares to release a rate decision statement.
Also in focus is the first reading of second quarter GDP as well as a slew of other economic data.
The rally shows its strength by shrugging off weakness in Japan and worries about next week's Fed meeting. Exxon, Chevron and Whole Foods report results.
MasterCard, Apache and3D Systems report earnings. June construction report is due. Facebook soars on mobile revenues.
The mobile payments company is betting that complexity is the price of success as it branches beyond payments with the launch of an online marketplace.
With global reach and an incredibly strong balance sheet, this financial powerhouse is in a great position to benefit from the widespread consumer trend.
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