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Markets Climb After Deal Is Reached in Europe

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Wall Street and overseas markets are surging Thursday on the heels of a deal reached by euro zone leaders to solve the debt crisis in Europe.

After a lengthy meeting in Brussels, the leaders agreed just before 4 a.m. Thursday to a plan that would require banks to absorb 50 percent of Greece's debt and push Europe's bailout package to 1 trillion euros, or $1.4 trillion.

The news sent U.S. stock futures up ahead of Thursday's opening bell. The day before, as investors anticipated the announcement, Wall Street closed higher on reports that China will invest in Europe's rescue fund. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 162 points, the Nasdaq gained 12 and the S&P 500 added 13.

The positive trend continued overseas, with European stocks trading higher Thursday and Asian ones closing up.

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng led the pack, surging 3.26 percent.  Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 and Japan’s Nikkei index followed, climbing 2.49 percent and 2.04 percent, respectively.  South Korea’s Kospi also added 1.46 percent, while China's Shanghai Composite posted a minimal gain of 0.34 percent.

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Officials Hope for Foreclosure Deal Within Two Months

ABC News (WASHINGTON) -- Federal officials leading the investigation into allegations that mortgage companies broke state laws when processing foreclosures said Monday they hope to agree on a final settlement with banks within two months.
“What we’re really trying to do is change a dysfunctional system....We’re hopeful that we can reach a resolution that will be good for homeowners and good for the banks in the long run and most importantly good for the country,” Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, who is leading the 50-state investigation, told reporters at a press conference in Washington on Monday.
Miller said he is hopeful they can wrap up the process in the next two months. “I mean a soft two, not quite a literal two, but I’m hoping,” he said.
North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper warned they should move quickly so uncertainty doesn’t linger too long. “We realize that the result that we come to can have an impact on the housing market and hence the economy. That’s why all of us at the table want it to be a positive impact and part of that is moving as quickly as we can,” he said.
Regulators and the state attorneys general are hoping to negotiate a settlement over the reported mortgage servicing problems, including the use of so-called “robo-signers” who rushed foreclosures through the system without properly reviewing the details of the cases.
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