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China slump, higher bond yields weigh on markets

Published: Monday, June 24, 2013 3:32 p.m. CDT
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Trader David O''Day, left, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, June 21, 2013. Global stock markets reeled Monday, June 24, 2013 with Shanghai's index enduring its biggest loss in four years, after China allowed commercial lending rates to soar in a move analysts said was aimed at curbing a booming underground lending industry.

The stock market recovered much of a nearly swoon caused by the latest signs of distress in China's economy and rising U.S. bond yields.

The Dow Jones industrial average fell 139 points, or 0.9 percent, to close at 14,659 Monday. It was down as much as 248 in the first hour of trading.

The Standard & Poor's index fell 19 points, or 1.2 percent, to 1,573. The Nasdaq composite fell 36 points, or 1.1 percent, to 3,320.

An increase in China's commercial lending rates worried investors. The Shanghai Composite Index plunged 5 percent.

The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to its highest level in almost two years.

Seven stocks fell for every one that rose on the New York Stock Exchange. Volume was heavy at 4.7 billion shares.

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