HONG KONG Feb 27 Chinese state oil giant Sinopec outperformed a sluggish mainland stock market on Thursday, after Beijing increased fuel prices and hopes remained that a coming annual parliamentary session will push ahead reforms in state-run enterprises.
China Petroleum and Chemical Corp (Sinopec) soared 6.7 percent to a 10-month high in Shanghai, helping the Shanghai Composite Index finish up 0.3 percent at 2,047.4 points.
The CSI300 of the largest Shanghai and Shenzhen A-share listings slipped 0.4 percent. Losers outnumbered gainers 2-1 in Shanghai and 3-1 in Shenzhen.
The Nasdaq-style ChiNext Composite Index of mostly high tech startups listed in Shenzhen again came under profit-taking pressure, diving 3.3 percent.
The National Development and Reform Commission raised the retail price of gasoline and diesel by about 2 percent, effective Thursday. as part of its fuel price review every 10 working days. (Reporting by Clement Tan; Editing by Richard Borsuk)