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Global shares gain on hopes for "cliff" deal; gold tumbles

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, December 14, 2012. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, December 14, 2012. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, December 14, 2012. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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A cameraman films rises in share prices at the Tokyo Stock Exchange in Tokyo December 17, 2012. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

A cameraman films rises in share prices at the Tokyo Stock Exchange in Tokyo December 17, 2012. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

A cameraman films rises in share prices at the Tokyo Stock Exchange in Tokyo December 17, 2012. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao
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Traders are pictured at their desk in front of the DAX board at the Frankfurt stock exchange December 13, 2012. REUTERS/Remote/Pawel Kopczynski

Traders are pictured at their desk in front of the DAX board at the Frankfurt stock exchange December 13, 2012. REUTERS/Remote/Pawel Kopczynski

Traders are pictured at their desk in front of the DAX board at the Frankfurt stock exchange December 13, 2012. REUTERS/Remote/Pawel Kopczynski
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