Asian stocks track US slide as bailout hopes fade (AP)

An investor looks at the electronic stock price board at a private securities company Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009 in Shanghai, China. Chinese shares tumbled 4.7 percent on Wednesday, their biggest one-day loss of 2009, as investors took profits following Wall Street's overnight losses. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index sank 109.58 points, or 4.7 percent, to close at 2209.86. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)AP – Most Asian stock markets dropped Wednesday after U.S. benchmarks plummeted toward 5 1/2-year lows and investors began losing hope that governments can rescue the world’s economies from slipping deeper into recession. European markets opened down.

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