Asian stock markets mixed after last week’s rout

KEZI – Most Asian stock markets recovered Monday after last week’s historic sell-off as governments around the world intensified efforts to boost the ailing financial system.

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index, which tumbled more than 7 percent Friday, opened over 2 percent but shed its gains to trade about 360.50 points higher, or 2.44 percent, at 15,157.37.

In Australia, the S&P/ASX200 index was up 4 percent in response to a government plan to guarantee bank and other lender deposits for three years. The benchmark plunged over 8 percent on Friday, its biggest single-day fall ever.

South Korea’s benchmark gained more than 2 percent and Singapore’s key stock measure was up about 1 percent. But China’s key Shanghai index traded 2 percent lower, while Taiwan’s benchmark lost more than 3 percent.

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