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BUENOS AIRES, Feb 17 (Reuters) - Argentine stocks shed 5.1 percent in early afternoon trade on Tuesday, tracking losses in bourses throughout the region as fears of a prolonged global recession resurfaced, traders said.
The benchmark MerVal stocks index .MERV was trading down at 1,066.03 points at 1609 GMT. (Reporting by Walter Bianchi; Writing by Hilary Burke; Editing by Tom Hals)