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BUENOS AIRES, Oct 15 (Reuters) - Argentine stocks tanked to trade down 10.2 percent on Wednesday afternoon, as poor U.S. economic data sent investors fleeing from riskier assets amid growing fears of a global recession.
The MerVal index of leading shares .MERV was down at 1,212.45 points at 1742 GMT. (Reporting by Walter Bianchi and Hilary Burke, Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)