1. Various of trading board in Tokyo Stock Exchange
2. Tilt down from screen to trading floor
3. Top shot of traders
4. Wide of trading board
5. Close of share prices on digital strip
6. Wide of stock exchange
7. Pan of Hang Seng trading floor
8. Various of trading board
9. Mid of trading floor
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Castor Pang, Strategist of Sun Hung Kai Financial:
"The Federal Reserve trying to rescue the AIG will increase the confidence of the markets on the US financial market. It seems that the bailing of the AIG by the US government will become a tranquiliser for the global markets. In the short term, I guess that there will be rebounds for most of the indexes; but in the long term, it is still a question whether the rescue plan can save all the financial sector within the US market."
11. Various of dealers
12. Wide of trading floor
13. Pan of skyscrapers in Canary Wharf, district housing financial companies
14. Close of skyscraper
15. Pan from sign to exterior of BGC Voice and Electronic brokerage office
16. Various of brokers inside BGC offices
17. SOUNDBITE (English) David Buik, BGC Partners:
"Relief this morning. The FTSE will open up about 70 points up. But I think we need to be cognizant to the fact that the markets are going to remain extremely volatile. We're not out of the woods by any stretch of the imagination. I think the bear (market) squeeze rally will take place once all the bears have been shaken up, particularly in the banking stocks where they have been heavy sellers with. You might find other people start to sell into it, so we might not end the day with such ebullience. But at least it feels significantly better than it did 48 hours ago."
18. Various of brokers on phones, by computers
19. Wide of Frankfurt Stock Exchange trading floor
20. Various of traders
21. Trading board
22. SOUNDBITE (German) Oliver Roth, Director of Equities Trading, Close Brothers Seydler AG:
"I regard it as a positive thing. I think that the market, during the course of the day, will see more of how positive it is. It was our main concern in the last few days whether AIG would be bailed out, and it was the right decision by the Federal Reserve Bank to assist AIG through the credit of 85 billion US dollars. To me it is clear that there was no other alternative."
23. Various of traders
Asian stocks turned in a mixed performance on Wednesday, giving up early gains as a US plan to rescue troubled insurer AIG failed to persuade many investors that recent financial turmoil would soon ease.
Japan's Nikkei 225 average added 1.2 percent to 11,749.79, after sinking nearly 5 percent the day before to its lowest finish in more than three years.
South Korea's Kospi climbed 2.7 percent and Taiwan's benchmark rose 0.8 percent.
But Hong Kong's blue-chip Hang Seng Index dropped 3.6 percent to 17,637.19, dragged by Chinese banks to its worst close since October 26.
China's Shanghai benchmark fell 2.9 percent, while Australia's S&P/ASX 200 shed 0.6 percent.
Investors had on Tuesday sent the region's stocks spiralling downwards, reacting with alarm to the upheaval on Wall Street that saw investment bank Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. file for bankruptcy and Merrill Lynch & Co. sell itself to Bank of America Corp.
The Federal Reserve helped allay some fears about the financial system with an 85 billion US dollar emergency loan to shore up insurance giant American International Group Inc., still reeling from billions of dollars in risky mortgage debt.
Castor Pang, a strategist from Sun Hung Kai Financial in Hong Kong, said on Wednesday that the rescue plan to bail out AIG should restore some investor confidence.
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