Market Extra: Here are the early signs China’s stock-market woes are starting to infect the rest of the world

Fears that a slowdown by China’s economy will eventually ripple through the rest of the world were playing out on Tuesday, reflected in a sweeping global equity-market downturn.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.50% on Tuesday ended lower by more than 100 points, or 0.5%, but had been off by as many as 548 points earlier in the session, with the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.42% and the S&P 500 index SPX, -0.55% both suffering a bruising opening slide before paring losses ahead of the close.

And although U.S. stocks ended well off their worst levels on Tuesday, fears that China may prove the catalyst that ultimately upends the global economy are lingering.

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