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Singapore shares close 42 points lower

A nervous silence reigned in most dealing rooms on Tuesday, as markets kept wary eyes cocked in China's direction and as traders stayed away in droves, worried that China's stock market plunges of the past week are not yet over.

SHARES in the local bourse closed broadly lower, in line with steep falls across regional markets, with the key Straits Times Index ending the day lower by 42.38 points or 1.5 per cent at 2,708.85.

Markets were weighed down by fears over China's growth prospects and equity slump.

Some 1.8 billion shares worth S$1.05 billion were traded. Losers outpaced gainers with 342 counters down and 90 counters up.

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