An investor gestures as he checks the stock price monitor at a private securities company Friday Jan. 16, 2009 in Shanghai, China. Asian stocks have rebounded from the previous day’s rout, with Tokyo’s index gaining more than 2 percent, as the U.S. bailed out Bank of America again and a weaker yen lifted exporters like Toyota Motor Corp. The Shanghai Composite Index climbed 2.3 percent.
World markets rallied strongly Friday as investors breathed a sigh of relief that Bank of America, the biggest bank in the U.S., has been bailed out by the federal government as it tries to absorb losses from its acquisition of Merrill Lynch.
Markets across the world have posted heavy losses this week on renewed fears about the financial health of the global banking system, which became more acute Thursday in the run-up to the Bank of America bail out.
However, confirmation that the U.S. government would invest $20 billion in Bank of America in exchange for preferred stock and underwrite $118 billion of loans, provided much-needed relief to the markets.
The FTSE 100 index of leading British shares was up 106.55 points, or 2.6 percent, at 4,227.66, while Germany’s DAX jumped 130.79 points, or 3.0 percent, to 4,467.52. Meanwhile the CAC-40 in France was up 94.14 points, or 3.1 percent, at 3,090.02.
Earlier, Japan’s Nikkei 225 stock average added 206.84 points, or 2.6 percent, to 8,230.15, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng edged higher 12.55 points, or 0.1 percent, to 13,255.51.
Despite the comeback on Friday, investors remain worried about banks’ problems, especially in the wake of Citigroup Inc.’s announcement it is to split into two companies — separating its traditional banking business from the company’s riskier assets —
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