China’s stock-index futures rose on prospects for mergers in the shipping industry and as weak economic data bolstered speculation the government will add to stimulus. Futures on the CSI 300 Index expiring in August gained 1.3 percent to 3,903 as of 9:17 a.m. local time. China is considering a merger of China Shipping Group and COSCO Group, its two major shipping companies, according to people familiar with the matter. Producer prices fell in July to the lowest level since 2009 and exports dropped more than expected, according to economic data released over the weekend. The Shanghai Composite Index climbed 2.3 percent to 3,744.21 on Friday. The CSI 300 Index rose 2 percent. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng China Enterprises Index advanced 1.2 percent. The Hang Seng Index gained 0.7 percent. The Bloomberg China-US Equity Index, the measure of the most-traded U.S.-listed Chinese companies, retreated 0.6 percent in New York. The Shanghai gauge has rebounded 6.8 percent since the July low as authorities took unprecedented measures to shore up markets including banning stake disposals by major shareholders, suspending initial public offerings and compelling state-run institutions to support the market with equity purchases. The producer-price index fell 5.4 percent year on year last month, according to the National Bureau of Statistics. The drop, which exceeded the median estimate for a 5 percent decrease, extends declines to 41 straight months. The consumer-price index increased 1.6 percent, as a surge in pork prices offset sluggish growth in the cost of non-food items. Source: Bloomberg