Asian stocks gain on US stimulus bill, Europe down (AP)

The White House is illuminated as the sun sets, Wednesday,  Jan. 28, 2009, as President Barack Obama waits to hear the final vote on his stimulus plan on Capitol Hill in Washington.  (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)AP – Asian markets advanced Thursday, with Hong Kong jumping 4.6 percent in a catch-up rally, as the U.S. House of Representatives approved a $819 billion stimulus bill that investors hope will help lift the American economy out of its worst crisis in decades. European markets opened lower.

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