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China slump, higher bond yields weigh on markets

More signs distress China’s economy rising U.S. bond yields caused big drop U.S. stocks Monday. | AP Photo

More signs of distress in China’s economy and rising U.S. bond yields caused a big drop in U.S. stocks on Monday. | AP Photo

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Updated: June 24, 2013 3:23PM



NEW YORK — The stock market recovered much of a nearly swoon caused by the latest signs of distress in China’s economy and rising U.S. bond yields.

The Dow Jones industrial average fell 139 points, or 0.9 percent, to close at 14,659 Monday. It was down as much as 248 in the first hour of trading.

The Standard & Poor’s index fell 19 points, or 1.2 percent, to 1,573. The Nasdaq composite fell 36 points, or 1.1 percent, to 3,320.

An increase in China’s commercial lending rates worried investors. The Shanghai Composite Index plunged 5 percent.

The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to its highest level in almost two years.

Seven stocks fell for every one that rose on the New York Stock Exchange. Volume was heavy at 4.7 billion shares.



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