Shanghai index falls below key threshold amid profit-taking

Ending a six-day run of gains, China's major stock indexes fell on Tuesday on weaker performance by real estate and financial shares as investors took profits.

Ending a six-day run of gains, China's major stock indexes fell on Tuesday on weaker performance by real estate and resource firms as investors took profits.

The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index fell below the 3,300-point threshold, falling 1.13 points to 3,292.07 points.

Financial shares were under pressure amid liquidity concern and less-than-expected earnings from listed companies. Industrial and Commercial Bank of China lost 3.28 percent to 6.79 yuan and Bank of China was down 1.82 percent.

Citic Securities was down 2.14 percent and Industrial Securities slipped 1.15 percent.

Chip makers bucked the downward trend, however, on news that new smartphone models equipped with next-generation communication chips will likely be unveiled at a major tech event next month. Shenzhen Fine Made Electronics Group Co surged 5.33 percent and Shanghai Fullhan Microelectronics Co jumped 6.54 percent.
 
Consumer electronics retreated on lower-than-expected earnings. Hangzhou Robam Appliances Co said net profit last year grew 20 percent from a year ago, less than previous estimates. Its shares sank by the daily limit of 10 percent to 45.19 yuan.

Anbang-related firms, including China Vanke and China Merchants Bank, also retreated, with China Merchants Bank down 2.03 percent.

Cinda Securities wrote in a research note that investors have rather high expectations over listed companies' earnings following an economic recovery and liquidity concern while new rules on asset management products also weighed in on investor sentiment.

Shanghai Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone Group Co slipped 0.39 percent to 18.08 yuan.

"The stock market still faces pressure above the 3,300-point threshold with no significant improvement in the fundamentals. Investors are also lacking trading sentiment to pursue high valuation," Guohai Securities said in a research note. 

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