World markets buoyed by Citigroup report (AP)

Passers-by are reflected on the electronic stock indicator of a securities firm in Tokyo, Japan, Monday, Feb. 23, 2009. Japanese stocks retreated Monday, dragged lower by the failure of a Japanese lender as well as concerns about the fate of U.S. banks. The benchmark Nikkei 225 stock average lost 40.22 points, or 0.5 percent, to 7,376.16. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)AP – World stock markets were mostly higher Monday on reports that the Obama administration was not planning to nationalize one or more of the big U.S. banks and was instead looking at ways to raise its stake in Citigroup Inc.

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