China treasury bond futures close higher Thursday


   China's treasury bond futures closed higher on Thursday, with the contract for settlement in December up 0.19 percent to finish at 100.37 yuan (15.71 U.S. dollars).

  The March 2016 contract gained 0.21 percent to close at 100.07 yuan, and the June 2016 contract climbed 0.17 percent to 99.9 yuan.

  The contracts are agreements to buy or sell treasury bonds at a predetermined price and set date. They allow investors to bet on and profit from the movements in the value of the bonds.

  The treasury bond futures were launched at the Shanghai-based China Financial Futures Exchange and started trading on Sept. 6, 2013.