HONG KONG/SHANGHAI, March 13 (Reuters) - Hong Kong's stock market slid into a bear market as a 7.4% plunge in share prices at Friday's open dragged the benchmark Hang Seng Index .HSI over 20% below its January high,
The Hang Seng Index recorded its year-to-date high of 29,174.92 points on Jan. 20.
The index dipped below 23,339.94 points, the bear market barrier, when the market opened amid a global rout triggered by fears of the coronavirus pandemic.
(Reporting by Noah Sin in Hong Kong and Samuel Shen in Shanghai Editing by Shri Navaratnam)
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