China stock index futures open higher TuesdaySouce:Xinhua Publish By Jane B. Hatcher Updated 18/12/2012 6:39 pm in Business / no comments
BEIJING, Dec. 18 — China’s stock index futures opened higher on Tuesday, with the contract for settlement in December, the most actively traded, up 4.2 points to open at 2,373.
The contract for settlement in January 2013 went up 5.6 points to open at 2,388.6, while the contract for settlement in March 2013 opened at 2,413.2, up 3.2 points. The contract for settlement in June 2013 rose 5.6 points to open at 2,439.
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 (CFFEX) and started trading from April 16, 2010. The CFFEX has set the base value for all the four contracts at 3,399 points.