Chinese Stocks Halted as Weak Yuan Fixing Deepens Market Turmoil

January 7, 2016 4:01 AM

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The worst start for Chinese markets in two decades showed no signs of letting up after the central bank cut its yuan reference rate by the most since August, sparking a selloff in stocks that forced the $6.6 trillion market to shut early.

China’s CSI 300 Index plunged 7.2 percent before bourses were halted by circuit breakers in the first half hour of trading, while the onshore yuan weakened 0.6 percent versus the dollar to a five-year low. The People’s Bank of China cut its reference rate on Thursday for an eighth straight day, fuel...

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