Stocks closed higher after Fed Reserve minutes confirmed a brighter economic outlook albeit with the caveats of concern around the domestic housing outlook, Chinese growth and the Ukraine crisis. Financials also put in a stronger showing, with some traders predicting they have hit their bottom. Russia struck a $400 billion, 30-year deal to supply China with natural gas through a new pipeline. Russia is turning to China, amid rising tensions with the U.S. and European Union due to the Ukraine crisis - a development traders say could have wide-reaching implications for global markets. Jane Searle reports.