Argentine stocks tumble 10 pct in opening trade

miércoles 22 de octubre de 2008 12:17 ARST

BUENOS AIRES Oct 22 (Reuters) - Argentine stocks fell more than 10 percent in opening trade on Wednesday, extending Tuesday's losses due to a government bill to take over private pensions.

The benchmark MerVal .MERV index dipped below the symbolic 1,000-point mark for the first time since September 2004. (Reporting by Walter Bianchi and Helen Popper; Editing by Tom Hals)