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Chinese shares close sharply higher in morning session on overnight trading tax cut
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13:22, April 24, 2008

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Chinese shares soared on Thursday morning as an overnight stock trading tax cut boosted investors' confidence, with the major index rising 7.29 percent and nearly touching the daily ceiling in the morning session.

The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index ended the morning trading 239.07 points higher at 3517.40 after surging by 9.6 percent, near the daily limit of 10 percent, to the highest position of 3593.20 before 10:30 a.m.

The Chinese government announced on Wednesday it was to cut the share trading stamp tax from 0.3 percent to 0.1 percent from Thursday in an effort to boost the equities market.

Investors' enthusiasm was stimulated by the long-expected tax cut, with gainers outnumbering losers by 785 to 2 in Shanghai and 626 to 1 in Shenzhen. Aggregate turnover boomed to 175.9 billion yuan (about 25 billion U.S. dollars) from a daily total of 120 billion yuan on Wednesday.

Real estate, construction and metal sectors led the rebound, with their share price indices jumping more than 8 percent.

The Shanghai index opened 261.54 points, or 7.98 percent, higher at 3539.87 points on Thursday. The Shenzhen Component Index opened at 12787.38, 892.14 points, or 8.51 percent, up from the previous close.

The stamp tax cut stemmed panic selling and would push the market back on the track of stable development, said Galaxy Securities analyst Li Feng.

The Shanghai index rose 4.15 percent to 3,278.33 on Wednesday before the tax cut announcement but still 37.7 percent lower than the beginning of this year and 46 percent off its peak on Oct.16.

"The market had seen bubbles removed and was worth investing in at current price levels, while the room for future rebounds was up to macro-economic performance," said Li.

Meanwhile, analysts said investors should remain cool-headed and prevent risks amid drastic fluctuation.

The stamp tax cut would not fundamentally change the operation of China's stock market but only render short-term fluctuations, said Guosen Securities analyst Lin Songli.

"Investors need to take a sensible attitude as the (stamp tax cut) policy was actually aimed at adjusting the psychology of investors," Lin said.

Source: Xinhua

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