Shanghai stocks edge up

Stocks end up today as market sentiment boosted by the approaching National Day holiday and China's improving macro-economic environment.

Shanghai stocks closed up today as market sentiment was boosted by the approaching National Day holiday and an improving macro-economic environment.

The Shanghai Composite Index edged up 0.27 percent to close at 3,366.00 points.

Shares of non-ferrous metals, consumer, tourism, coal and steel producers were among the biggest gainers today.

Consumer and tourism shares added 0.83 percent and 0.79 percent respectively today, as analysts said the market sentiment is likely to remain positive with the approach of the National Day holiday and the Mid-Autumn Festival.

Gao Ting, head of China strategy at UBS Securities, wrote in a report that there is a positive environment for Chinese equities in the consumer sector.

"I am bullish on several consumer-related sectors, including dairy, furniture, home appliances and duty free," Gao added.

Investors are also optimistic on China's improving macro-economic environment.

Chinese business leaders are positive for the next six months and large firms are relatively more optimistic, according to a latest report published by UBS Securities today.

The report also mentioned that “high business confidence and capex intentions could help manufacturing investment stabilize in the second half of this year, in particular for research and development and equipment upgrading.”

The non-ferrous metals sector jumped more than 2.5 percent, coal and steel producers rose 1.52 percent and 1.17 percent respectively, according to data from Wind Information, a Chinese financial information provider.

Xinyu Iron&Steel Co Ltd rose 5.23 percent to 6.24 yuan (US$0.96), Jiangsu King's Luck Brewery Joint–Stock Co Ltd added 4.02 percent to 16.58 yuan and China International Travel Service Co Ltd climbed 2.74 percent to 34.11 yuan.

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