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Updated from 12:29 a.m.

Asian stocks closed higher Monday, stocks in Europe rose and stock futures in the U.S. were higher after the Chinese government announced a $586 billion (4 trillion yuan) stimulus package aimed at helping the country weather the global financial and economic crisis.

The CSI index in China finished 7.4% higher after the Chinese government unveiled a package designed to boost domestic demand amid signs China's export-driven economy is starting to feel the effects of the global slowdown.

Japan's Nikkei 225 stock average closed up 5.8% to 9081.43. The Hang Seng index in Hong Kong rose 3.5%, while the S&P/ASX 200 index in Australia finished to the upside by 1.4%.

Stocks in Europe were higher. The FTSE 100 index in London rose 3%, while the DAX in Frankfurt rose 3.6.

HSBC Holdings


reported a third-quarter profit and said it recorded $4.3 billion in loan impairments in the U.S.

Banco Santander


, Spain's biggest bank, said it plans to raise 7.2 billion euros ($9.2 billion) by selling shares. German insurer



reported a third-quarter loss of 2 billion euros, and said it abandoned its operating earnings target for 2008 and 2009.

Stock futures in the U.S. indicated a higher opening for stocks on Wall Street Monday.

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futures rose 18.60 points to 954.80, and were 25.12 points above fair value.


futures rose 23 points to 1311.50, and were 39.02 points above fair value.

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Dow Jones Industrial Average

ended up 248.02 points, or 2.9%, at 8943.81, and the S&P 500 added 25.87 points, or 2.9%, to 930.75. The Nasdaq jumped 38.70 points, or 2.4%, to 1647.40.

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