08 Aug '11, 7am

Asian stocks slide amid US debt woes

HONG KONG: Asian stocks tumbled on Monday after last week's historic downgrade of the United States' credit rating, which compounded concerns over the world's biggest economy as well as the global outlook. The falls were echoed by big losses in oil while gold surged to a new record above $1,700 as investors moved out of risky assets. They also followed a huge sell-off on Friday caused by mounting problems in the eurozone amid growing expectations that Italy and Spain could need a bailout. The combination of the eurozone debt problem and Standard & Poor's downgrade led to frantic talks between financial chiefs and central bankers of the G7 and European Central Bank at the weekend as they tried to prevent another day of market turmoil. Tokyo shed 2.18 per cent, or 202.32 points, lower at 9,097.56, Seoul sank 3.82 per cent, or 74.31 points, to 1,869.44 and Sydney fell 2.91 pe...

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