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Festive cheer lifts markets

Stockmarkets rose to record heights across the globe in the last full trading day before Christmas.


London&#39s FTSE 100 smashed through the 6,800 level for the first time, closing at 6,776.8 at close of trading yesterday.


In the US the technology-based Nasdaq broke through the 4,000 barrier for the first time – it has recorded an 80 per cent rise over the last year.

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