World markets rise but sentiment remains fragile (AP)

An investor with a young boy stands in front of the stock price monitor at a private securities company Thursday Feb. 19, 2009 in Shanghai, China. Chinese shares rose Thursday after the government announced a stimulus plan for the electronics industry following the market's biggest one-day drop this year. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index added 17.86 points, or 0.8 percent, to close at 2227.13 after a 4.7 percent fall Wednesday.  (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)AP – European and Asian markets rose modestly Thursday following the previous session’s gains on Wall Street but optimism remained very thin on the ground despite policy measures by governments around the world.

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