China stocks slip, exchange-traded funds draw inflows

miércoles 1 de julio de 2015 01:05 GYT

* CSI300 -0.3 pct; SSEC -0.4 pct

* Strong inflows into Shanghai's top ETFs

* Analyst warns too early to judge if market has bottomed out

SHANGHAI, July 1 (Reuters) - China stocks drifted slightly lower on Wednesday morning, as investor sentiment stabilised following a raft of government measures aimed at stemming two weeks of panic selling.

The CSI300 index dipped 0.3 percent, to 4,460.75 points at the end of the morning session, while the Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.4 percent, to 4,260.13 points.

Trading was much less volatile than in the previous session, when the CSI300 surged 6.7 percent after wild swings, as Beijing's efforts to contain the sell-off appeared to work in the last hour of trading on Tuesday.

China cut interest rates over the weekend, unveiled plans to let pension funds buy stocks on Monday, and China's fund association on Tuesday sought to rally confidence by saying the falling prices presented valuable buying opportunities if hedge fund managers made rational investment decisions.

Two consecutive days of strong money flows - worth a combined 25 billion yuan ($4.03 billion) - into Shanghai's top exchange-traded funds (ETFs) also fuelled expectations that state-backed investors are stepping in to arrest a further market slide.

But some analysts warn it is too early to judge that the correction - which knocked main indexes down more than 20 percent from their mid-June peak in just two weeks - is over.   Continuación...