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Rout freezes trading in over 1,300 firms

Selling by leveraged traders takes its toll on stocks even as the central bank says there will be ample liquidity for the market

Hong Kong

A WAVE of Chinese companies halted trading in their shares and regulators unveiled new measures to prop up the value of small-cap stocks in the latest attempts to stem a rout that has wiped more than US$3.5 trillion of value.

At least 1,323 companies have halted trading