Russian shares climbed the most in more than three weeks and Asian stocks advanced after talks in Geneva produced an accord aimed at easing the conflict in Ukraine. Rubber slid to the lowest since 2009.
Bangkok’s Democracy Monument was erected to commemorate the 1932 coup that ended Thailand’s seven-century reign of kings, and became a rallying point last year for protesters seeking to oust the government. Now, the landmark’s builder is going abroad for the first time in its 84- year history as political instability saps demand at home.
The pound rose to the highest level in more than four years against the dollar as Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen signaled the U.S. central bank will keep an accommodative monetary policy that has weakened the greenback.
European car sales advanced a seventh consecutive month as new models to replace aging vehicles and an economic rebound in the U.K. boosted demand at Renault SA, Ford Motor Co. and PSA Peugeot Citroen.