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World Markets Climb

Most markets in Asia and Europe rise.

Most stocks in Asia were higher overnight Wednesday, and Europe's markets followed with their own rally.

Hong Kong's Hang Seng rose 0.8% to 19,516, and China's Shanghai and Shenzhen 300 was better by 1.1% at 2703. Taiwan's Taiex collected a 0.3% gain to 7757, but South Korea's Kospi slipped 0.1% to 1443.

Singapore's Straits Times Index advanced 1.3% to 3156, and India's BSE Sensex surged 1.9% to 12,946. Tokyo was closed.

Turning to Europe, London's FTSE 100 was up 0.6% to 6257, and Frankfurt's Xetra DAX was ahead by 0.2% at 6712. The Cac 40 in Paris was fractionally weaker at 5502, while Milan's MIB 30 gained 0.5% to 40,596.

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The Swiss Market Index and the OMX Stockholm 30 both rose 0.7%.

As for the Americas, Canada's S&P/TSX Composite was up 0.5% at 13,044, and Mexico's Bolsa was higher by 1% at 27,672. Brazil's Bovespa improved 0.6% to 44,600, and Argentina's Merval added 0.4% to 2049.