Europe stocks gain, Asia mixed as data, China target awaited

People walk past the stock prices displayed on an electronic board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Wednesday, March 4, 2015. Asian stock markets were mostly lower Wednesday after Wall Street declined and investors looked ahead to U.S. economic data and China's announcement of its annual growth target. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)

BEIJING (AP) — European stocks gained while Asian markets faltered Wednesday as investors looked ahead to U.S. economic data and China’s announcement of its annual growth target.

AP survey: Why the outlook for global economy has brightened

FILE - In this Dec. 24, 2014 file photo, shoppers are reflected in a store's window as they walk through Chicago's Loop. U.S. consumer spending is expected to boost growth in 2015 in the United States and overseas. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — From the United States to Asia to Europe, a global economy that many had feared was faltering appears poised for a resurgence on the strength of cheap oil and falling interest rates.

US auto sales up in February despite snowy weather

In this Dec. 2, 2014 photo, a Chrysler minivan sits under rain at a car lot in San Diego. Major automakers report vehicle sales for February on Tuesday, March 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

DETROIT (AP) — Freezing temperatures and drifts of snow likely took a small bite out of U.S. auto sales in February, but most automakers still reported gains thanks to the strong economy.

Bill Gates repeats at top of Forbes’ list of billionaires

FILE - In this May 5, 2014 file photo, Microsoft co-founder and Berkshire Hathaway board member Bill Gates speaks during an interview with Liz Claman on the Fox Business Network in Omaha, Neb. Forbes on Monday, March 2, 2015 said that Gates's net worth rose to $79.2 billion in 2015 from $76 billion last year. That put him at the top of the magazine's list of the world's billionaires for the second consecutive year. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — The world’s richest person got even richer this year. And a basketball superstar-turned-owner made the list for the first time.

US stocks open slightly higher; Freescale jumps on deal

FILE - This Oct. 2, 2014 file photo shows the facade of the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. U.S. stocks are opening slightly higher Monday, March 2, 2015, as investors focused on earnings and deal news. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market headed higher Monday as deals and economic news gave stocks a lift.

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