Article: China’s market regulator starts investigation into stock price manipulation amid fund complaints

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China’s market regulator starts investigation into stock price manipulation amid fund complaints

Martin Choi, 17 May 2021

China’s stock market regulator has started an investigation into alleged price manipulation, vowing to crack down on illegal activities to protect the nation’s 180 million mainly retail investors.

The China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) said on Sunday that it was probing trades in Jiangsu Lettall Electronics and ZOY Home Furnishing by related parties, in response to local media reports. “Manipulating the market seriously infringes upon the legitimate interests of investors and disrupts market order,” the CSRC said in a statement on its website. “This form of ‘cancer’ in the market must be eradicated.”

The warning has come at a time when the CSI 300 Index of biggest companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen has lost 11 per cent in value from its mid-February peak. China’s 20 trillion yuan (US$3.07 trillion) mutual fund industry is among the casualties of the current doldrums. Continue reading “Article: China’s market regulator starts investigation into stock price manipulation amid fund complaints”