China's stock index futures opened higher on Monday, with the contract for settlement in January 2014, the most actively traded, up 10 points to open at 2,341.4. The contract for settlement in February 2014 rose 12 points to open at at 2,352.4. The March 2014 contract opened 11 points higher at 2,358.8, while the June 2014 contract moved up 15.8 points to open at 2,370. 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 (CFFEX) and started trading from April 16, 2010. The CFFEX has set the base value for all the four contracts at 3,399 points.