Chinese stocks plunge, triggering another market halt

BEIJING -- China halted stock trading Thursday, its second daylong trading suspension this week, after prices plunged in the latest spasm of investor panic on its volatile markets.

See Full Article

Chinese markets have lurched up and down as regulators gradually withdraw emergency measures imposed after the main stock index plunged in June following an explosive rise.

A similar price plunge Monday triggered a sell-off on Wall Street and other global markets.

On Thursday, trading was suspended after a market index, the CSI 300, nose-dived 7 per cent a half-hour after markets opened, triggering a "circuit breaker" that was introduced Jan. 1.

Financial analysts have warned Chinese markets are likely to see extreme volatility for a few more months as they seek a stable level following last year's rout.

The "circuit breaker" requires a 15-minute pause in trading if the CSI 300 falls 5 per cent within 30 minutes. Trading halted only 13 minutes into the morning session Thursday. Stocks plunged further after trading resumed 15 minutes later, triggering the daylong trading freeze.

The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index fell 7.3 per cent to 3,115.89. The Shenzhen Composite Index for China's smaller second exchange slumped 8.3 per cent to 1,955.88.

Also Thursday, a six-month ban on sales by shareholders who own more than 5 per cent of a company was due to expire. Regulators announced this week that to avoid fueling further volatility, such sales will be limited to private transactions.

The Shanghai benchmark more than doubled between late 2014 and its June 12 peak as millions of novice investors bought shares.

Prices plunged 30 per cent after that, triggering a panicked response by Beijing. Regulators banned large sales, cut interest rates, canceled initial public stock offerings and ordered state companies to buy shares.

Chinese leaders had encouraged the public to buy in hopes of raising money to overhaul state industry. The market rout alienated small investors who were left holding shares worth less than they paid.

Authorities say shares bought by state companies will be transferred to China's sovereign wealth fund to avoid depressing prices by selling them in the open market. The ban on new IPOs was lifted in November.



Advertisements

Latest Economic News

  • Metro profit beats estimates despite lower produce, meat, dairy prices

    Economic CBC News
    The chief executive of Metro Inc. says prices for produce, meat and dairy were lower in its most recent quarter, but the grocer still increased its profits and beat analyst estimates. Food prices were about two per cent lower than a year ago during the 12-week period ended March 11, CEO Eric La Fleche told a conference call with financial analysts Tuesday. Source
  • Uber looks towards electric aircraft for next ride-hailing project

    Economic CTV News
    NEW YORK - Uber is taking to the skies with its next project - "flying cars" - even as all eyes are on its problems on the ground. On Tuesday, the embattled ride-hailing company announced plans for an on-demand network of electric aircraft that can take off and land vertically, like a helicopter. Source
  • Billy Bee and Doyon honey sold in Canada to be made in Canada, too

    Economic CBC News
    The company that owns the Billy Bee and Doyon honey brands says it will start using only Canadian honey for both products in Canada this year. McCormick & Co. says Billy Bee and Doyon products containing all-Canadian honey will start appearing on store shelves in June, while the Billy Bee organic variety will arrive before the end of the year. Source
  • Trump plans to slash U.S. corporate tax rate to 15%

    Economic CBC News
    President Donald Trump plans to stick with his campaign pledge to slash the corporate tax rate from 35 per cent to 15 per cent, but the dramatic cut raises a problematic question for the White House: How can the president deliver the "massive" tax cut he promised without also blowing a massive hole in the budget? Source
  • Reducing debt among Barrick Gold's priorities: president

    Economic CTV News
    TORONTO -- Barrick Gold says it will focus on maximizing its free cash flow, reducing debt and maintaining investment discipline in the year ahead. Company president Kelvin Dushnisky told Barrick's annual meeting Tuesday that the gold mining giant will also work on transforming its business to better use technology. Source
  • Billy Bee and Doyon honey brands shifts to all-Canadian honey in Canada

    Economic CTV News
    TORONTO -- The company that owns the Billy Bee and Doyon honey brands says it will start using only Canadian honey for both products in Canada this year. McCormick & Co. says Billy Bee and Doyon products containing all-Canadian honey will start appearing on store shelves in June, while the Billy Bee organic variety will arrive before the end of the year. Source
  • Wells Fargo board re-elected as management faces protests

    Economic CBC News
    Wells Fargo & Co.'s annual meeting turned raucous when it was repeatedly interrupted by angry shareholders on Tuesday as the bank's chairman and chief executive tried to calm nerves ahead of a vote that could oust the majority of its board. Source
  • Wells Fargo shareholders disrupt meeting as fate of board members awaited

    Economic CBC News
    Wells Fargo & Co.'s annual meeting turned raucous when it was repeatedly interrupted by angry shareholders on Tuesday as the bank's chairman and chief executive tried to calm nerves ahead of a vote that could oust the majority of its board. Source
  • New Ontario rent control rules may prompt some condo owners to sell: report

    Economic CBC News
    New rent control measures unveiled last week by the Ontario government could wind up pushing some small investors out of the condominium market, according to a new report. Urbanation, a research and consulting firm specializing in the Toronto condominium market, said the imposition of rent control by the government on recently built units is the "single biggest and potentially most harmful change" introduced in the government's plan. Source
  • Loonie takes a hit but shares of most lumber companies rise after duties

    Economic CTV News
    Canada-U.S. relationship bigger, more important than any one 'irritant,' says PM U.S. President Trump takes first swing in lumber war Source