China's stock index futures opened lower on Wednesday, with the contract for settlement in January 2015, the most actively traded, opened 1.8 percent lower at 3,308 points.
The contract for settlement in February 2015 opened 1.43 percent lower at 3,350 points. The March 2015 contract opened 1.24 percent lower at 3,383 points. The June 2015 contract opened 1.50 percent lower at 3,410 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 (CFFEX) and started trading from April 16, 2010. The CFFEX has set the base value for all the four contracts at 3,399 points.