Asia stocks close out grim 2008 with a whimper (AP)

A man watches a board at the Australian Stock Exchange public viewing area in Sydney, Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008. The Australian sharemarket opened higher, following gains in U.S. stocks, regaining some of the losses of 2008, the worst calendar year on record. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)AP – The handful of bourses still trading in Asia on New Year’s Eve ended one of the worst years ever for global stock markets with a suitable whimper. European markets opened higher.

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