Around the World's Markets: New York

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STOCKS ENDED firmer yesterday, led by a rally in oil and Internet retailing shares, and bonds rose in light trading.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 18.80, or 0.2 per cent, to close at 9,333.08.

The Nasdaq composite index was up 31.23 points, or 1.57 per cent, at 2,016.44.

The dollar rose broadly on hopes for lower European interest rates and concerns that Japan's efforts to revive economic growth may slow as a key reformer plans to resign.