Israel's benchmark stock market is down hard, and temporarily suspended trading due to downside volatility.
Israel’s benchmark stock index plunged the most in almost 11 years after Standard & Poor’slowered the U.S. credit rating and amid concern the widening sovereign debt crisis in Europe will stall global growth.
Israel Discount Bank Ltd. (DSCT), the country’s third-largest lender, skidded 10 percent. Nice Systems Ltd. (NICE) slumped the most since November 2008.
All 25 shares in the TA-25 Index tumbled, pushing the gauge down 7 percent, the biggest decline since October 2000, to 1,074.27 at the 4:30 p.m. close in Tel Aviv. The index is near the so-called bear-market territory after retreating 19.9 percent from a record high of 1,341.89 on April 21.