Chinese stocks rose, led by technology and industrial companies, after the new head of the securities regulator signaled he’ll keep propping up the equity market and go slow on reforms that might have flooded exchanges with new shares.
The Shanghai Composite Index advanced 0.7 percent. Liu Shiyu, chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission, said it was far too early to think about the state rescue fund leaving the market, while a new registration-based system for IPOs would take time. China Overseas Land & Investment Ltd. headed for its biggest gain in a month in Hong Kong after saying it will buy property assets held by Citic Ltd. for about 31 billion yuan ($4.8 billion).
The Shanghai gauge fell 2.2 percent last week as suspected state intervention failed to reverse losses in the world’s worst-performing equity market. Data over the weekend showed the nation’s industrial production and retail sales both grew less than economists forecast in the first two months of 2016, while China’s broadest measure of new credit for February came in less than half of the estimate in a Bloomberg survey.
The Shanghai Composite traded at 2,826.85 at 9:38 a.m. local time. The Hang Seng China Enterprises Index climbed 1.2 percent, while the Hang Seng Index advanced 0.8 percent.