SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China stocks fell more than 1 percent on Friday as Britain’s vote to leave the European Union shocked global financial markets, but the country’s tight capital controls curbed the sort of heavy selling which pummelled other Asian markets.
For the week, both indexes lost 1.1 percent.
Britain’s vote for Brexit hammered equities across the world, prompting investors to scramble for safe-haven assets such as top-rated government debt, the Japanese yen and gold.
But the reaction from Chinese investors was relatively subdued, with some investors apparently taking advantage of the panic for bargain hunting.
Shenzhen's start-up board ChiNext .CHINEXTC slumped over 3 percent but ended the session roughly flat.
“The mainland market is less sensitive (to Brexit),” said Charles Wang, chairman of Appleridge Capital Management Co.
But he added the Chinese market could still suffer from high volatility over the next few weeks.
ANZ said in a research note that although the Brexit result is unlikely to affect China’s immediate economic outlook, the event “reminds us that we are still pencilling in one more additional RRR cut,” referring to banks’ reserve requirement ratio.
The People’s Bank of China has cut interest rate six times and repeatedly lowered banks’ reserve requirements since late 2014 in a bid to shore up the economy, while the government has sharply ramped up fiscal spending, particularly on infrastructure projects.
Reporting by Samuel Shen and Nathaniel Taplin
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