Markets cheer as leaders strike deal on Greece

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HONG KONG– It’s done. Investors have delivered a big cheer after Europe finally struck a deal to bailout Greece.

Eurozone leaders wrapped up marathon talks with an agreement after Greece agreed to enact deep economic reforms under close supervision by its creditors.

The deal — if ratified — should prevent a chaotic Greek exit from the euro, an unprecedented event that would have shaken Europe to its core.

European stocks notched solid gains following the news. Germany’s DAX index added 1.3%, France’s CAC put on 1.3%, and the U.K.’s FTSE index added 0.7%.

The euro trimmed earlier losses to trade around $1.11 against the U.S. dollar.

Asian markets, some of which closed before the deal was reached, ended with solid gains.

Japan’s benchmark Nikkei index jumped 1.6%, while Seoul’s KOSPI Composite climbed 1.5%. The Shanghai Composite added 2.4%.

Investors continued to weigh the impact of turmoil in China’s stock markets. Those markets rebounded on Monday, building on solid gains made at the end of last week. Stocks are likely to remain volatile this week.

Asia is relatively well insulated from both Greece and China. Should either crisis worsen, however, investors may pull their money out of riskier investments and direct it toward perceived safe havens, including the U.S. dollar.

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