06 October 2008 16:12 [Source: ICIS news]
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LONDON (ICIS news)--European stocks continued to plummet on Monday as concerns about the global banking system spread across markets.
The €50bn ($68bn) lifeline to German banking group Hypo Real Estate did little to calm investors’ nerves as the Dow Jones Eurostoxx 50 dropped 6.72% (14:18 GMT) lower than last week's close.
Among Europe’s largest chemical stocks,
Stocks for German solar chemicals producer Wacker Chemie suffered one of the largest losses, plunging 19.19% to €79.60.
Stock markets opened after Hypo Real Estate secured a crucial €50bn credit line from the German government and private finance, the latest in a series of government-led bailouts of financial institutions in
French President Nicholas Sarkozy on Saturday called for a global summit to be held to implement “a real and complete reform of the international financial system”.
Earlier, stocks in Asia also tumbled, as the MSCI Asia Pacific Index lost 3.6% and
Meanwhile, crude futures fell more than $3/bbl to their lowest levels for eight months on Monday due to rising concern that the deepening credit crisis will reduce global oil demand.
($1 = €0.73)
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