Stocks drop on Libya, surprise Chinese deficit (AP)

Men wearing helmets during an anti-disaster drill walk by a securities firm's stock board in Tokyo as Japan's Nikkei 225 stock average lost 155.12 points to close at 10,434.38 Thursday, March 10, 2011. Asian shares fell Thursday, weighed down by ongoing fighting in Libya and a larger than expected contraction in Japan's economy. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)AP – The battle for control of Libya and weaker than expected Chinese economic data weighed on markets Thursday while a debt rating downgrade of Spain hit the euro, a day ahead of a crucial meeting of EU leaders.

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