World stock markets rise; SKorea jumps 6 percent (AP)

A currency trader stretches in front of a screen showing the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) at the Korea Exchange Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009. The KOSPI on Wednesday jumped 64.58 points, or 5.90 percent, to close 1,157,98. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)AP – Most Asian stock markets rose Wednesday, with South Korea’s benchmark jumping nearly 6 percent in a catch-up rally, after U.S. earnings showed companies are still scraping together profits despite the worst recession in decades. European markets opened higher.

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