Hang Seng index plunges 10% on China's economic woes

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Hang Seng index plunges 10% on China's economic woes
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HONG KONG - In a significant downturn, the Hang Seng index faced a steep decline today, dropping by 10%. This substantial fall mirrored the losses in other major Chinese stock indexes, with the Shanghai Composite and Shenzhen Component also experiencing sharp drops. The sell-off reflects deepening investor concerns over China's economic challenges, which include a struggling real estate sector, mounting deflationary pressures, and long-term demographic hurdles.

In stark contrast, London's FTSE 100 managed to eke out a modest gain of 0.1% amid the broader market turmoil. The slight uptick came as some of its listed companies, like Standard Chartered (OTC: SCBFF ) and Prudential, witnessed their shares benefit from the emerging news that China is contemplating measures to support its stock market. These positive movements in select stocks suggest a nuanced investor response to the evolving financial landscape in China, with some market participants seeking opportunities amid the uncertainty.

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