US stocks leaped two per cent on Friday sparked by the dramatic measures adopted in Brussels to stem the eurozone crisis and stimulate growth, giving the markets a strong end to a rocky first half.
The Nasdaq finished with a shock 3.0 per cent gain, as Apple put on 2.6 per cent and Google rose 2.8 per cent.
Big industrial groups led the charge upward, with General Electric rising 3.1 per cent, 3M 2.8 per cent, United Technologies 4.1 per cent and Boeing 3.8 per cent.
At the close, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 277.07 points (2.2 per cent) at 12,879.33.
The S&P 500 index gained 33.08 points (2.49 per cent) to 1,362.12, while the tech-rich Nasdaq rose 85.56 (3.00 per cent) to 2,935.05.