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China: Markets plunge on lockdowns, rate hike fears

The losses extended last week’s sell-off



AP Photo. Image used for illustrative purposes
AP Photo. Image used for illustrative purposes

By AFP

Published: Mon 25 Apr 2022, 4:52 PM

Last updated: Mon 25 Apr 2022, 4:55 PM

Stock markets and oil prices sank Monday on growing concern that lockdowns in China aimed at fighting a worsening Covid outbreak could further harm a world economy battling decades-high inflation.

The losses extended last week’s sell-off triggered by Federal Reserve boss Jerome Powell indicating that the US central bank would hike interest rates by half a percentage point next month and possibly several times more this year.

Among the world’s major stock markets, Shanghai led the losses, closing down more than 5 per cent.

In Europe, Paris shed 2.3 per cent approaching the half-way stage.

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