BEIJING, Feb. 23 (Xinhua) -- China's key Hushen 200 index futures opened higher Friday, as the contract for settlement in February 2018 opened 0.41 percent higher at 4,039.8 points.
The March 2018 contract opened 0.34 percent higher at 4,037 points. The June 2018 contract opened 0.37 percent higher at 4,029.8 points. The September 2018 contract opened 0.22 percent higher at 4,023 points.
The stock-index contracts, agreements to buy or sell the blue-chip Hushen 200 Index at a preset value on an agreed date, are designed to allow investors to bet on and profit from either gains or declines in the market.
The index futures were launched at the China Financial Futures Exchange and started trading from April 16, 2010. The CFFEX has set the base value for all the four contracts at 3,399 points.