HONG KONG - Most Asian markets rose today, following Wall Street's gains after the chairman of the U.S. central bank signaled support for more government aid to revive the country's slumping economy.

Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 stock average rose 300.66 points, or 3.34 percent, to close at 9,306.25, marking the third consecutive day of gains.

While shares in most other countries moved higher, several key stock measures sold off early gains to close in the red. Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index lost 1.84 percent, Shanghai's benchmark fell 0.8 percent and South Korea's index shed about 1 percent.

As trading opened in Europe, benchmarks in Britain, Germany and France were higher.

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