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China: Stocks slide as central bank official casts doubt on monetary stimulus

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[SHANGHAI] China stocks closed down on Friday after a central bank official cast doubts on the likelihood of further interest rate cuts and investors took profits following the previous day's bounce.

Sheng Songcheng, director of the Survey and Statistics Department at the People's Bank of China, said tax cuts would be a more effective way of stimulating the economy than interest rate cuts, the National Business Daily reported on Friday.

Sheng added that China was caught in a "liquidity trap", meaning that driving rates down further would have little effect on real investment.

The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen fell 0.8 per cent, to 3,225.16, while the Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.9 per cent, to 3,012.82 points.

For the week the CSI300 was down 1.6 per cent and the Shanghai Composites was off 1.4 per cent.