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International stocks trading in New York closed higher on Thursday, as the S&P/BNY Mellon index of American depositary receipts gained 1.7% to 163.89.

The European index added 1.5% to 159.26. The Asian index rose 2.0% to 186.89. The Latin American index increased 1.6% to 224.02, while the emerging-markets index added 2.0% to 309.99.

The U.K.'s TC BioPharm (Holdings) PLC was the biggest leader during the session, rising 20.8% to $2.50. U.K.-based Argo Blockchain PLC surged 19.5% to $2.57. SYLA Technologies Co. Ltd., which is based in Japan, rounded out the top three leaders, with shares surging 19.2% to $7.11.

Genetic Technologies Ltd., based in Australia, posted the largest decline, tumbling 16.9% to $2.12. Shares of Japan's Earlyworks Co. Ltd. plunged 13.0% to 47 cents. Shares of Japan-based Lead Real Estate Co. Ltd. fell 11.5% to $5.62.

Data source: Dow Jones Market Data, FactSet.

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