China stocks flat; liquidity stress eases, regulatory curbs loom

Reuters Shanghai | Updated on January 16, 2018 Published on December 29, 2016


China stocks were little changed on Thursday, with optimism spurred by fading liquidity stress but investors kept wary by the prospect of regulatory measures to curb aggressive investment in stocks by insurers.

The blue-chip CSI300 index dipped 0.1 per cent to 3,297.76, while the Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.2 per cent to 3,096.10 points.

The market found some solace from progress made to avoid defaults resulting from a recent bond scandal. Sealand Securities said on Thursday it had signed agreements with 19 counterparties to resolve the “forged” bond dispute.

But investors stayed cautious following news that the insurance regulator planned to establish a discriminatory supervision system that would keep a closer watch on some unconventional insurance products, in the latest move to rein inaggressive stock investment.

Sector performance was mixed on the mainland, with gains in infrastructure stocks offsetting losses in property stocks.

Published on December 29, 2016
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