China stocks edge up, despite yuan weakness, property curbs

SHANGHAI, Jumada II 16, 1437, Mar 25, 2016, SPA — China’s main stock indexes edged up on Friday, recording small gains for the week as the market’s month-long, 10-percent rebound loses momentum, Reuters reported.

Stock investors appeared unfazed by new property restrictions in Shanghai and Shenzhen, or by the yuan’s weakness against the dollar this week.

The Chinese currency is on track to fall against the greenback for a fifth straight day, and post its biggest weekly loss in over two months.

The blue-chip CSI300 index rose 0.5 percent, to 3,197.82, while the Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.6 percent, to 2,979.43 points.

Both indexes ended the week up 0.8 percent. They have risen more than 10 percent from lows hit on Feb. 29.

Most sectors rose. The property sector gained, even as Shanghai tightened mortgage down payment requirements for second home purchases, among other measures to cool its overheating property market.

Shenzhen also published rules to discourage speculative home purchases in the city, state media reported on Friday.

11:35 LOCAL TIME 08:35 GMT