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Stocks extend slide as ECB weighs up taper plan

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By Marc Jones LONDON (Reuters) – World share markets slipped for a third straight day on Thursday as Beijing took another swipe at its big tech firms, while bond markets steeled for European Central Bank signals later about a gradual withdrawal of its stimulus. Europe’s regional STOXX 600 flirted with a six-week low in early trading, while Chinese tech giants Tencent, NetEase and Alibaba had slumped 6%, 7% and 4% respectively overnight after online gaming chiefs were summoned by authorities to check they are sticking to strict new rules for the sector. Analysts anticipate the ECB will announce…

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