|China stock index futures open lower Tuesday|
BEIJING, Feb. 26 (Xinhua) -- China's stock index futures opened lower on Tuesday, with the contract for settlement in March, the most actively traded, down 22.4 points to 2,591.2.
The contract for settlement in April dropped 18.8 points to 2,610.6, while the contract for settlement in June opened 23.4 points lower at 2,618. The contract for settlement in September opened at 2,648, down 19.2 points.
The stock-index contracts, agreements to buy or sell the Hushen 300 Index at a present 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 (CFFEX) and started trading from April 16, 2010. The CFFEX has set the base value for all the four contracts at 3,399 points.