Shanghai stocks jump more than 3%

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SHANGHAI (AFP) – China s main Shanghai stock index jumped more than three percent in morning trade on Friday, as sentiment turned for the better on government moves to boost the market, dealers said.

The Shanghai Composite Index gained 3.07 percent, or 113.92 points, to 3,823.25 while the Shenzhen Composite Index — which tracks stocks on China s second exchange — surged 3.59 percent, or 70.18 points, to 2,025.53.

The Shanghai market rocketed 5.76 percent on Thursday, after the government announced additional policies to curb a weeks-long market rout.

They included a ban on big shareholders — those holding at least five percent stakes — and company executives from selling stock for the next six months and a police crackdown on short-selling.

“The market has not completely recovered yet,” Haitong Securities analyst Zhang Qi told AFP.

“But in general it has started to rebound with blue chip companies more resilient than small company stocks, which will help stabilise the market,” he said.

More than 1,400 shares on the two markets remained suspended, Bloomberg News reported, almost half of all listed companies.

Before Thursday s rebound, the market had fallen more than 30 percent after a spectacular bull run peaked on June 12, raising fears for the wider economy, the world s second-largest.

But the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said Thursday that there was no reason to lose faith in China s economy because of the bursting stock market bubble.

“There is no particular reason to have lost confidence,” IMF chief economist Olivier Blanchard told a press conference in Washington.

The spillover of the market rout into the economy is “likely to be small”, he added.

2015-07-10

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