China's key Hushen 300 index futures opened mixed on Monday, with the contract for settlement in December, the most actively traded, down 0.22 percent to open at 3,640 points.
The January 2016 contract lost 2.35 percent to open at 3,562.2 points. The March 2016 contract opened 0.02 percent higher at 3,489.8 points. The June 2016 contract opened 0.59 percent lower at 3400 points.
The stock-index contracts, agreements to buy or sell the Hushen 300 Index at a present 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 were launched at the China Financial Futures Exchange and started trading from April 16, 2010. The CFFEX has set the base value for all the four contracts at 3,399 points.
The Hushen 300 Index samples about a fifth of the total stocks listed on the Shanghai and Shenzhen bourses.