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China: Stock indexes close mixed after volatile day as regulators fight retail bears

China's stocks rose after a home-price recovery spread to more cities and speculation grew equities were oversold after the benchmark index entered a bear market last week.

[SHANGHAI] China stocks closed mixed on Tuesday in volatile trade, with indexes swinging into and out of negative territory as government support measures struggled for traction in afternoon trade.

The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen rose 0.3 per cent, to 3,478.78, while the Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.3 per cent, to 3,287.71 points.

China moved to shore up shaky sentiment on Tuesday, a day after its stock indexes and yuan currency tumbled, rattling markets worldwide, but analysts warned investors to brace for more wild price swings, and the afternoon session highlighted the challenges Beijing faces.

Speculation circulated about government intervention by state banks to keep the CSI300 from declining more than 5 per cent, which would have set off a newly implemented circuit breaker mechanism.

Small cap stocks, favoured by the retail investors who dominate transactions on Chinese exchanges, sold off sharply.