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China stock index futures open up Tuesday

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BEIJING, May 22 (Xinhua) -- China's stock index futures opened higher on Tuesday, with the contract for settlement in June, the most actively traded, up 12.8 points, to open at 2,593.

The contract for settlement in July gained 14.2 points to open at 2,598. The contract for settlement in September climbed 9.8 points to open at 2,605.6, while the contract for settlement in December was up 15.8 points to open at 2,639.

The stock-index contracts, agreements to buy or sell the Hushen 300 Index at a present value on an agreed date, are designed to allow investors to bet on and profit from either gains or declines in the market.

The index futures were 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.

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