China's stock index futures opened lower on Monday, with the contract for settlement in March, the most actively traded, down 26 points to open at 2,121.2. The contract for settlement in April moved down 21.6 points at 2,123. The June contract opened 37 points lower at 2,100, while the September contract opened 12 points lower at 2,120. 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.