Stocks on the Chinese mainland fell on Thursday, dragging down the benchmark index for the second time in three days, on concern Japan's nuclear crisis will cripple the world's third-largest economy.
The Chinese currency, or the yuan, on Friday strengthened 22 basis points against the US dollar from Thursday.
The Chinese securities regulator said on Thursday that it had approved lead futures contracts designed by the Shanghai Futures Exchange.
China's stock index futures closed down Thursday with the contract for March, the most actively traded, down 1.1 percent from the previous trading day to 3,207.6.
The ChiNext Index, launched by the Shenzhen Stock Exchange (SSE) on June 1, 2010, lost 23.84 points, or 2.16 percent, to 1,078.37 Thursday.
Chinese shares closed lower Thursday with the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index down 33.51 points, or 1.14 percent, to 2,897.30.
China's Ministry of Finance (MOF) said Wednesday it will sell 30 billion yuan ($4.5 billion) worth of book-entry treasury bonds this week.
The Chinese currency, or the yuan, on Thursday strengthened 28 basis points against the US dollar from Wednesday.
Stocks on the Chinese mainland rebounded on Wednesday from a three-week low after an indicator of the nation's economic outlook advanced and investors speculated that recent declines spurred by Japan's biggest earthquake on record were excessive.
Hong Kong stocks added 22.63 points, or 0.10 percent, to close at 22,700.88 on Wednesday.
The ChiNext Index, launched by the Shenzhen Stock Exchange (SSE) on June 1, 2010, rose 7.26 points, or 0.66 percent, to 1,102.22 Wednesday.
China's stock index futures closed higher Wednesday with the contract for March, the most actively traded, up 1.46 percent from the previous trading day to 3,242.8.