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CORRECTED-China's CITIC Securities posts biggest first-half profit growth in five years

(Corrects year in first paragraph to 2015)

BEIJING/SHANGHAI, Aug 24 (Reuters) - CITIC Securities Co , China’s largest brokerage, on Monday reported a 38.5% jump in first-half profit, with its biggest increase since 2015 led by gains from securities investment.

Net profit for the six months to June 30 rose to 8.93 billion yuan ($1.29 billion) from 6.45 billion yuan a year earlier, the company said in a stock exchange filing, largely in line with preliminary results released in July. ($1 = 6.9125 Chinese yuan renminbi) (Reporting by Zhang Yan and Cheng Leng in Beijing and Engen Tham in Shanghai Editing by David Goodman)

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