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World stock markets were mostly higher in quieter overnight trading, following Wall Street's solid gains on Wednesday that produced record highs in the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 indexes. Asian shares were supported in part by the appointment of Iowa Governor Terry Branstad as ambassador to China. Chinese officials called Branstad "an old friend." U.S. stock indexes are pointed toward slightly higher openings when the New York day session begins.