In Europe and Japan

The Dow Jones Eurostoxx 50 and the Nikkei 225, benchmark indexes for Europe and Japan, respectively, have both increased in value over the last month of 2009, continuing a trend that has seen them rise higher than there were in the middle of last year. While the Eurostoxx 50 has risen steadily over that six-month period, the Nikkei’s rise has been more erratic.

Over the second six months of 2009, the Eurostoxx 50 increased by more than 23%, registering a larger rise than all three of the compara