China battles to shore up stocks, yuan after rout

January 4, 2016 11:41 PM (UTC+8)

 

(From Reuters)

China struggled to shore up shaky sentiment on Tuesday a day after its stock indexes and yuan currency tumbled, rattling markets worldwide, but analysts warned investors to buckle up for more wild price swings in the months ahead.

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Stocks fell more than 2% in early trade, prompting fears that exchanges were set for a second day of panic selling after a 7% dive on Monday set off a new “circuit breaker” mechanism, suspending trade nation-wide for the first time.

But both the central bank and the stock regulator reacted quickly, and major indexes recouped most of their initial losses despite a late afternoon scare.

The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) poured nearly $20 billion into money markets, its largest cash injection since September, and traders suspected it was using state banks to prop up the yuan CNY=CFXS at the same time.

The China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC), for its part, announced it was planning new rules to further restrict share sales by major stakeholders in listed companies, and said it would further tweak the circuit breaker mechanism amid criticism that it had fueled Monday’s sell-off. Read More

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