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World Stocks Falter on New China Concerns, N. Korea Nuclear Test

World stock markets mostly fell sharply Wednesday, with investors showing new fears about China's weakening economy and North Korea's claim to have tested a hydrogen bomb. Major U.S. stock indexes were down about 1 percent at midday in New York, while European markets ended down about the same. Japanese and Hong Kong indexes shed 1 percent, although the Shanghai exchange advanced 2.3 percent, recovering part of its nearly 7 percent plunge earlier in the week. The first week of...

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