US STOCKS-China rout spooks Wall Street

lunes 4 de enero de 2016 10:00 GYT

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By Abhiram Nandakumar

Jan 4 (Reuters) - Wall Street looked set to start 2016 on a dour note after weak Chinese economic data reignited fears of global growth and sparked a selloff in stock markets across the world.

Mainland Chinese shares fell 7 percent on Monday, triggering a new circuit breaker that prompted a trading halt, after surveys showed factory activity at the world's second-largest economy shrank sharply in December.

Adding to the investors' worries, China's central bank fixed the yuan at a 4-1/2 year low.   Continuación...