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China blue-chip shares end higher on healthcare, banking gains

04/21/2021 | 03:32am EDT

* SSEC flat, CSI300 0.3%

* HK->Shanghai Connect daily quota used -1.9%, Shanghai->HK daily quota used 6.8%

* FTSE China A50 +0.5%

BEIJING/SHANGHAI, April 21 (Reuters) - China shares ended higher on Wednesday with healthcare and banking stocks leading the gains, following upbeat quarterly earnings reports. ** The Shanghai Composite index closed flat at 3,472.93, while the blue-chip CSI300 index was up 0.3%. ** The blue-chip's banking sector sub-index was higher by 1.79%, and the healthcare sub-index up 2.19%. ** Lenders gained after some banks posted upbeat quarterly results. ** Shenzhen shares in Ping An Bank Co Ltd rose by 6.09% to 23.01 yuan, posting its best daily performance since March 3. ** The bank posted a 18.5% jump in net profit in the January-March quarter. ** The smaller Shenzhen index ended up 0.22% and the start-up board ChiNext Composite index was higher by 0.721%. ** The sector's performance also shrugged off overnight comments from a senior banking regulator, who urged banks to prepare for a rebound in bad loans and fully evaluate such risks. ** Around the region, MSCI's Asia ex-Japan stock index was weaker by 1.06%, while Japan's Nikkei index closed down 2.03%. ** So far this week, the market capitalisation of the Shanghai stock index has risen by 1.33% to 40.64 trillion yuan. (Reporting by Cheng Leng in Beijing, Luoyan Liu and Andrew Galbraith in Shanghai; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta)

ę Reuters 2021
Stocks mentioned in the article
ChangeLast1st jan.
BOHAI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS CO., LTD. -1.79% 3.85 End-of-day quote.-17.03%
CHONGQING SOKON INDUSTRY GROUP STOCK CO.,LTD. 4.46% 55.69 End-of-day quote.226.05%
GREE REAL ESTATE CO., LTD. -5.69% 6.47 End-of-day quote.0.15%
HUNAN FANGSHENG PHARMACEUTICAL CO., LTD. -4.71% 5.87 End-of-day quote.-2.00%
LANGFANG DEVELOPMENT CO., LTD. -3.14% 5.55 End-of-day quote.16.84%
NIKKEI 225 0.55% 29518.34 Real-time Quote.6.97%
PING AN BANK CO., LTD. 2.34% 24.05 End-of-day quote.24.35%
QUECTEL WIRELESS SOLUTIONS CO., LTD. -1.12% 178.49 End-of-day quote.-4.52%
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