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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Sick' Traders in China

n SHANGHAI -- Chinese workers taking sick leave to play the stock markets are seriously damaging the economy, according to a cabinet document. "In some areas, workers have taken sick leave ... during working hours to buy and sell stocks, and certain enterprises have even created a special post of stock trader for their workers," the document says. "This has seriously affected production." Wednesday's Shanghai Securities News quoted the document as saying factories must cut out stock trading positions. Many state workers trade stocks, usually through a market-savvy workmate nominated to track the index as a full-time job.