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Thursday, 2 July 2015

ALERT: Massive Chinese Stock Slide Continues, & Top Insights

Chinese shares slide as Beijing’s moves to calm markets fall short

Chinese shares plunged Thursday, even as Beijing grasped for solutions to stem the selling, including relaxing rules on the use of borrowed funds to invest in stocks. That effort comes as a surprising turnaround given concerns that margin lending fueled a too-hot rally over the past year.
The Shanghai Composite SHCOMP, -3.48%  closed down 3.5% while the smaller Shenzhen market 399001, -5.32%  was down 5.6%. The ChiNext board399006, -3.99%  , composed of small-cap stocks, sank 4%. Even after losing nearly a quarter of its value from a mid-June high, China’s main stock market has almost doubled in value over the past year.
In the minutes before closing, China’s blue chips staged a minirally, which some analysts put down to buying from government-backed funds. Stocks in large, state-owned firms benefited most, with PetroChina Co. nearly hitting its daily upward limit of 10%, rising 8.8%, and China Petroleum & Chemical Corp., or Sinopec, up 5.5%. Just 60 stocks on the Shanghai Composite gained, while more than 900 stocks fell.
In a rare move late Wednesday, Chinese regulators set in motion draft 

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