By Jonathan Davies
Shares in China returned to growth after huge losses in the first three days of the week.
The Shanghai Composite was up 0.6% on Thursday. Although it did little to reserve the 16% losses seen earlier in the week, it ends a serious period of decline which caused a knock-on effect in markets around the world.
The gains followed strong trading on Wall Street, where stocks saw their biggest rise in four years. The main US market, the Dow Jones, grew by 3.97% to end a volatile day on a high.
Elsewhere, the Hang Seng index in Hong Kong was up by 2.5% and Japan's Nikkei 225 rose 1.1%.
The FTSE 100 started trading on Thursday with a boost, rising 1.7% to take it above 6,000 points.