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Asian Stocks Plummet on Weak Chinese Manufacturing Data

Stocks tumbled sharply Friday in China and across Asia after the release of weaker than expected data about Beijing's crucial manufacturing sector. The Shanghai Composite Index ended down 4.2 percent, extending a slide that saw it lose 11 percent this week. A key Shenzhen index plummeted 5.4 percent. In Tokyo, the Nikkei share average, Japan's benchmark stock index, closed down 3 percent. Shares were also down in Hong Kong, Seoul, Sydney, Singapore, Taiwan, Bangkok and...

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