Jun 11, 2012 1:01 AM by Jacqui Heinrich
BANGKOK (AP) - Asian stocks and the euro are rising after sentiment got a boost from Spain's decision to seek a European financial lifeline for its ailing banks.
Spain on Saturday asked finance ministers from the 17 countries that use the euro for money to rescue its banks, which have been crushed under the weight of bad real estate loans.
They responded by offering up to $100 billion euros ($125 billion) in loans that the Spanish government could funnel to banks.
The plan eases an immediate crisis in Europe's fourth-largest economy.
Japan's Nikkei 225 index Monday jumped 1.9 percent to 8,622.58. South Korea's Kospi added 1.6 percent to 2,553 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng climbed 2 percent to 18,874.23.
The euro rose to $1.2629 from $1.2507 late Friday in New York.