China’s blue-chip stocks reaches 26-month high

Published: October 24, 2017 14:22:47 | Updated: October 25, 2017 12:09:55


China’s blue-chip stocks reached a 26-month high on Tuesday as investors cheered robust earnings growth and felt comfortable with economic policy as the Communist Party’s congress drew to a close.

About 100 Shanghai-listed companies have disclosed third-quarter earnings, with combined net profit jumping 47 per cent from a year earlier, according to the official Shanghai Securities News.

The blue-chip CSI300 index rose 0.7 per cent, to 3,959.40 points, while the Shanghai Composite Index added 0.2 per cent to 3,388.25 points, reports Reuters.

Trading in China A-shares has been generally calm during the party congress, which ends on Tuesday.

President Xi Jinping presented a plan to guide China’s development until 2050, ushering in a “new era” of growth.

Sectors rose across the board.

Gains were led by infrastructure and real estate stocks, which rallied after recent weakness on concerns Beijing may not loosen its housing market curbs any time soon.

Material stocks also steadied after posting solid growth in the first nine months of the year.

Fangda Special Steel Technology’s added 1.9 per cent, after the steelmaker’s net profit more than doubled for the January-September period.

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