ARI SHAPIRO, host:
NPR's business news starts with gloom in global stock markets.
Asian stock exchanges ended their trading day lower. Tokyo's main stock index has lost more than 8 percent over the last two weeks. The region's biggest exchange has not done this badly in more than 50 years. High oil prices and worries about the world economy are dragging down the stocks of big exporters like Toyota. As oil hit a record in overseas trading today, stock prices in Australia, India, and South Korea also fell.
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