Tokyo markets continue descent; Nikkei plunges below 9,000

October 10th, 2008 - 8:10 am ICT by IANS  

Tokyo, Oct 10 (DPA) Stocks in Tokyo continued their downward course Friday, with the Nikkei plunging below the psychologically significant mark of 9,000 points, for the first time in more than five years.Minutes after trading started, the benchmark Nikkei 225 Stock Average fell 279.20 points, or 3.05 percent, to 8,878.29.

This was a reaction to US stocks plummeting again on Thursday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropping below 9,000 points for the first time in five years, as a series of US and global efforts to tackle the financial crisis have failed to calm investors.

Both the blue-chip Dow and broader Standard & Poor’s 500 tumbled more than 7 percent. The Dow dropped 678.91 points, or 7.33 percent, to 8,579.19. The S&P fell 75.02 points, or 7.62 percent, to 909.92.

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