Brazilian Trader Shoots Himself at Exchange

He clings to life after suicide attempt in wake of plunging market
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Nov 18, 2008 4:28 AM CST
Traders work on the frenzied floor of the Brazilian exchange in Sao Paulo.   (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
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(Newser) – A Brazilian trader was in critical condition after shooting himself in the chest on the floor of the nation's commodities and futures exchange yesterday. The tragedy occurred in the raucous interest rate futures pit, where some $21 billion in contracts are traded daily. Brazil's main stock index has plunged 50% since May.