Asian Stocks Fall as China Halted After Market Plunge

January 7, 2016 6:42 AM

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HONG KONG — Chinese stocks nosedived on Thursday, triggering the second daylong trading halt of the week and sending share markets, currencies and oil prices lower as investor jitters rippled across Asia.

The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index tumbled 7.3 percent to 3,115.89 before new "circuit breakers" suspended trading for the day. The smaller Shenzhen Composite Index slumped 8.3 percent to 1,955.88.

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