March 14, 2018 / 4:13 AM / 9 months ago

China securities regulator issues record fine for stock manipulation-media

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China’s securities regulator on Wednesday slapped a record 5.5 billion yuan (622.95 million pounds) fine on a Chinese company for share price manipulation, the official Shanghai Securities News reported.

The penalty on Bei Ba Dao Group, announced by the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) at a press briefing in Beijing, underscores Beijing’s determination to root out misbehaviour in the country’s stock market.

Bei Ba Dao, based in China’s southern city of Xiamen, pocketed illegal profit worth 945 million yuan, by manipulating shares in newly-listed companies such as Jiangsu Zhangjiagang Rural Commercial Bank Co 002839.SZ, Jiangsu Jiangyin Rural Commercial Bank Co 002807.SZ and Huasi Holding Co 002494.SZ, the newspaper said, citing CSRC.

CSRC Chairman Liu Shiyu has stepped up supervision of the stock market - once likened by some to a casino, to protect the interest of retail investors, and attract foreign investors.

Starting June, China-listed “A-shares” will be included in MSCI’s emerging market index, projecting the market into global limelight.

Reporting by Samuel Shen and John Ruwitch; Editing by Sam Holmes

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