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*Well this certainly has an ominous sound and feel to it. Let’s hope it doesn’t lead to anything … ominous.

Here’s what the Wall Street Journal is reporting …

Global stocks started 2016 with a sharp selloff as fresh signs of economic slowdown in China deepened fears about global growth and lowered hopes for a better year.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 351 points, or 2%, to 17074 shortly after the market opened, while the S&P 500 dropped 1.8% and the Nasdaq Composite fell 2.2%.

Weaker-than-expected manufacturing data and a falling currency triggered a 7% fall in mainland Chinese stocks that led authorities to halt trading there before the end of the session.

Get the FULL story at WSJ.com.