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China Stocks Recover, Other Markets Mixed

A man walks past an electronic board showing Hong Kong share index outside a local bank in Hong Kong, Jan. 8, 2016.

Key Chinese stock indexes posted strong gains Friday, while other stock markets were down a bit.

The return to relative normalcy follows several days of plunging stock prices in China that caused officials to halt trading there twice. The so-called circuit-breaker rule was supposed to calm markets, but it was suspended Thursday when it seem to be shaking investor confidence.

Key Chinese stock indexes were up two percent at the close of trading.

European markets

European stock indexes declined Friday, with London’s FTSE off 0.2 percent, Germany’s DAX down by 0.8 percent, and the CAC in Paris down by a bit more than one percent.

US markets

U.S. markets were down at the close of Friday's trading. The S&P 500 dropped 1.1 percent, the Dow fell one percent, and the NASDAQ slid 0.8 percent.