Shanghai stocks poised to end 2015 up nearly 10 pct, beating Wall Street

jueves 31 de diciembre de 2015 01:00 GYT

* CSI300 -0.7 pct; SSEC -0.6 pct; HSI +0.2 pct

* Shanghai to gain nearly 10 pct in 2015, beating Wall Street

* 2016 expected to be another volatile year for China stocks

SHANGHAI, Dec 31 (Reuters) - China stocks fell on Thursday but the Shanghai market looked set to end 2015 up nearly 10 percent, easily beating Wall Street and most other major markets and shaking off a savage summer rout.

By the lunch break, the blue-chip CSI300 index lost 0.7 percent to 3,739.10 points, while the Shanghai Composite Index declined 0.6 percent, to 3,550.92 points.

Hong Kong stocks were little changed.

With just two more hours of trading left in 2015, the Shanghai market was on track to post an annual gain of around 9.8 percent, capping a year of wild fluctuations that sent shock waves across global markets.

In comparison, the S&P 500 index is up just 0.2 percent, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average is in negative territory. The Shanghai market has also outperformed most other major markets in Europe and Asia.

But the year in China was definitely not one for the faint-hearted.   Continuación...