January 11, 2018 / 7:19 AM / a year ago

Shanghai stocks up for 10th day, consumer firms take breather

SHANGHAI, Jan 11 (Reuters) - China stocks were little changed on Thursday, with the benchmark index up for a 10th successive session even as investors took profit in consumer and energy firms after a recent robust rally.

A media report that China was considering reducing or halting purchases of U.S. Treasuries had little impact on the share market.

** At the close, the Shanghai Composite index was up 3.74 points or 0.11 percent at 3,425.57, its highest in seven weeks. ** The blue-chip CSI300 index was down 0.05 percent, with its financial sector sub-index higher by 0.29 percent, the consumer staples sector down 1.24 percent, the real estate index down 0.39 percent and healthcare sub-index down 0.39 percent. ** The smaller Shenzhen index ended up 0.38 percent and the start-up board ChiNext Composite index was higher by 0.73 percent. ** Around the region, MSCI’s Asia ex-Japan stock index was weaker by 0.27 percent while Japan’s Nikkei index closed down 0.33 percent . ** At 07:03 GMT, the yuan was quoted at 6.5085 per U.S. dollar, 0.02 percent weaker than the previous close of 6.5071. ** The largest percentage gainers in the main Shanghai Composite index were Chengdu Xuguang Electronics Co Ltd up 10.05 percent, followed by Beijing Vantone Real Estate Co Ltd gaining 10.04 percent and Sunyard System Engineering Co Ltd up by 10.03 percent. ** The largest percentage losses in the Shanghai index were Anhui Conch Cement Co Ltd down 7.27 percent, followed by Zhuzhou Kibing Group Co Ltd losing 7.1 percent and Gansu Qilianshan Cement Group Co Ltd down by 5.91 percent. ** So far this year, the Shanghai stock index is up 3.47 percent, the CSI300 is up this year, while China’s H-share index listed in Hong Kong is up 5.0 percent. ** About 17.38 billion shares were traded on the Shanghai exchange, roughly 109.7 percent of the market’s 30-day moving average of 15.85 billion shares a day. The volume in the previous trading session was 20.91 billion. ** As of 07:04 GMT, China’s A-shares were trading at a premium of 28.16 percent over the Hong Kong-listed H-shares. ** The Shanghai stock index is above its 50-day moving average and above its 200-day moving average. ** The price-to-earnings ratio of the Shanghai index was 15.45 as of the last full trading day while the dividend yield was 1.9 percent. ** So far this week, the market capitalisation of the Shanghai stock index has risen by 1.05 percent to 30.02 trillion yuan. (Reporting by Shanghai Newsroom; Editing by Jacqueline Wong)

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