China's stock index futures closed higher on Thursday, with the contract for January 2014, the most actively traded, up 0.04 percent from the previous trading day to close at 2,211.2 points. The February 2014 contract rose 0.18 percent to end at 2,219.4 points. The March 2014 contract gained 0.28 percent to end at 2,229 points, while the June 2014 contract went up 0.23 percent to 2,235 points. The stock-index contracts, agreements to buy or sell the Hushen 300 Index at a preset 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 was 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.