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BUENOS AIRES, Sept 9 (Reuters) - Argentine stocks .MERV fell 3.49 percent in afternoon trade on Tuesday to 1,609.88 points, dragged lower by falling oil prices and a downturn in global stock markets, traders said.
Tuesday's losses took the benchmark MerVal index to its lowest point since September 2006. (Reporting by Helen Popper; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)