China has 2,062 listed companies, ranking the second in the world by market capitalization of stocks, said Shang Fulin, chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission, Thursday.
China's benchmark stock index rose for a second day after copper prices and the Chinese currency rallied to record highs, bolstering the earnings outlook for the nation's metal producers and airlines.
Hong Kong stocks closed up 30.04 points, or 0.13 percent, at 22,999.34 on Thursday.
China's stock index futures closed up Thursday with the contract for January 2011, the most actively traded, up 0.35 percent from the previous trading day to end at 3,093.8 points.
The ChiNext Index, launched by the Shenzhen Stock Exchange (SSE) on June 1, climbed 3.9 points, or 0.35 percent, to close at 1,117.21 Thursday.
Chinese equities continued Wednesday's rise, with the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index up 0.29 percent, or 8.04 points, to close at 2,759.57 points on Thursday.
China Hainan Rubber Industry priced its Shanghai initial public offering (IPO) at the top end of an indicative range, raising $709 million in what could be a harbinger of a steady deal flow next year in China, the world's top market for IPOs, Reuters reported Thursday.
A leading Chinese steel trading firm managed to get listed in Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) on Thursday, as the market opened the trading day at 11 am of Sydney local time.
China's stocks rose for the first time in six days, led by drugmakers and retailers, on speculation the benchmark index's recent declines were excessive relative to the outlook for earnings.
Hong Kong stocks closed up 347.57 points, or 1.54 percent, at 22,969.30 on Wednesday.