Updated: 2013-03-04 16:33 ( Xinhua) - China's stock index futures closed lower on Monday, with the contract for March 2013, the most actively traded, down 4.35 percent from the previous trading day to 2,548.0 points.
The April 2013 contract lost 4.31 percent to 2,561.2 points. The June 2013 contract went down 4.24 percent to 2,577.8 points, while the September 2013 contract closed 4.25 percent lower at 2,601.2 points.
The stock-index contracts, agreements to buy or sell the Hushen 300 Index at a preset value on an agreed date, are designed to allow investors to bet on and profit from both gains and declines in the market.
The index futures was launched at the China Financial Futures Exchange (CFFEX) and started trading from April 16, 2010. The CFFEX has set the base value for all the four contracts at 3,399 points.