China stock index futures open lower -- June 13

Updated: 2013-06-13 11:28


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BEIJING -- China's stock index futures opened lower on Thursday, with the contract for settlement in June, the most actively traded, down 18.4 points from the previous close to 2,459.4.

The contract for settlement in July retreated 29.6 points to open at 2,440. The September contract lost 14 points to 2,470, and the December contract opened 22.6 points lower at 2,488.8.

The stock-index contracts, agreements to buy or sell the Hushen 300 Index at a present value on an agreed date, are designed to allow investors to bet on and profit from either gains or declines in the market.

The index futures were launched at the China Financial Futures Exchange and started trading from April 16, 2010. The CFFEX has set the base value for all the four contracts at 3,399 points.