China stocks end weaker as trade war uncertainty weighs

SHANGHAI, Aug 28 (Reuters) - China stocks ended lower on Wednesday as lingering uncertainty over the Sino-U.S. trade dispute continued to unnerve investors, and while the positive impact from MSCI’s latest phase of China stock inclusion fades.

** The blue-chip CSI300 index ended down 0.4% at 3,802.58, while the Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.3% to 2,893.76 points. ** Earlier in the week, U.S. President Donald Trump predicted a trade deal with China after positive gestures by Beijing, but China’s foreign ministry said it was unaware of any calls made to the United States.

** The issue regarding Trump’s credibility has taken centrestage, said Jingyi Pan, strategist, IG Group. ** “While the baseline view that both the U.S. and China will eventually resolve the trade conflict to avoid sustaining a lose-lose situation remains, President Donald Trump’s mercurial temperaments have now been perceived to be a factor likely to invite China to hold their horses on a deal,” he wrote, adding that for markets, the added sense of uncertainty could also translate to further volatility.

** The market has also lost support from MSCI inclusion on Wednesday. Chinese shares rose in the previous session, after MSCI raised the inclusion factor for A-shares to 15% from 10% after close on Aug. 27, driving passive net inflow of about $4.5 billion into A-shares. ** The CSI300 financial sector sub-index was lower by 0.93%, the consumer staples sector ended down 0.08%, the real estate index closed 0.44% lower and the healthcare sub-index down 0.84%. ** The smaller Shenzhen index ended down 0.12% and the start-up board ChiNext Composite index was weaker by 0.18%. ** Around the region, MSCI’s Asia ex-Japan stock index was weaker by 0.04%, while Japan’s Nikkei index closed up 0.11%. ** At 0723 GMT, the yuan was quoted at 7.1615 per U.S. dollar, 0.01% firmer than the previous close of 7.1625. ** The largest percentage gainers in the main Shanghai Composite index were Wintime Energy Co Ltd, which closed up 10.2%, followed by Shenyang Jinbei Automotive Co Ltd , gaining 10.1% and Guangdong Rongtai Industry Co Ltd , up by 10.09%. ** The largest percentage losses in the Shanghai index were Suzhou Keda Technology Co Ltd, which closed 10.01% lower, followed by Nanjing OLO Home Furnishing Co Ltd , which lost 10% and Changzhou Xingyu Automotive Lighting Systems Co Ltd, which ended down by 8.25%. (Reporting by Shanghai Newsroom, Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips)