BEIJING, March 24 China's main stock index
closed up 0.9 percent on Monday as a weak manufacturing survey
raised investors' hopes that the government will unveil stimulus
measures to prop up growth.
The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index closed up
18.66 points at 2,066.3.
The CSI300 of the leading Shanghai and Shenzhen
A-share listings rose 0.8 percent to 2,176.6.
Finance and insurance shares were the biggest gainers in
China's manufacturing engine contracted in March for the
third straight month, a preliminary private survey showed on
Output and new orders both weakened but new export orders
grew for the first time in four months, the survey showed,
suggesting the slowdown has been driven primarily by weak
(Reporting By Natalie Thomas; Editing by Kim Coghill)