Egypt’s stock exchange suspended trading temporarily on Thursday after a sharp drop, amid the largest anti-government protests in the country in three decades.
The suspension came after the benchmark EGX 30 index dropped 6.2 percent, a day after it recorded a fall of six percent.
Trading resumed at 11.30 am (0930 GMT), but the index recorded further falls.
The jitters on the bourse come amid the most serious anti-government demonstrations in Egypt in three decades.
Six people have died in the protests against the rule of President Hosni Mubarak, which, inspired by the ground-breaking “Jasmine Revolution” in Tunisia, have sent shockwaves across the region and prompted Washington to prod its long-time ally on democratic reforms.