Shanghai exchange launches China's first index futures

Investors in Chinese stocks have been given more flexibility, with the launch of the country's first stock futures and a rule-change allowing short-selling of cash shares.

China's first index futures contract ended its Friday debut on the Shanghai-based China Financial Futures Exchange (Cffex) up 0.49%, while the spot index declined 1.13%. Analysts say the launch of China's first stock index futures - along with a corresponding measure allowing investors to short-sell shares listed on the cash market - will enable investors to hedge their positions in the spot market for the first time.

Cffex has been engaged in mock trading of futures on its key CSI 300 index

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