Global MarketsWorld Stock Markets Higher As Trader/Investor Optimism Remains Generally UpbeatBy Jim Wyckoff, Contributing Writer, Money Morning - December 9, 2016 • Print | EmailStart the conversationLeave a Reply Click here to cancel reply.Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Name * Email * Website + 5 = thirteen Comment Some HTML is OK Sign me up for the Money Morning newsletter World stock markets were mostly firmer overnight. European stock markets benefited in part from Thursday's European Central Bank meeting on monetary policy that was deemed dovish. Financial stocks in Europe have posted decent recoveries recently. U.S. stock indexes are pointed toward slightly higher openings when the New York day session begins. The Dow and S&P 500 stock indexes have hit record highs this week on ideas world economic growth is on the upswing and will continue on that path in 2017.In overnight news, China's consumer price index in was up 2.3% in November, year-on-year, while the producer price index was up 3.3% in the same period.