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MSCI DELETING 10 CHINA FIRMS FROM SOME INDICES

MSCI, Inc. said it will delete the securities of 10 Chinese companies from some global indexes after the US imposed restrictions on their ownership, but said it would also launch new versions of several indexes that retain the same securities, Ross Kerber reported for Reuters.

In a press release, MSCI said companies to be deleted include China Communications Construction Co., Hangzhou Hikvision and CRRC Corp. MSCI’s move follows steps by other large index providers to remove shares of companies that the Trump administration charges have ties to China’s military. China has condemned the moves, saying the effort runs counter to principles of market competition.


MSCI said it acted based on feedback from more than 100 market participants in the United States and elsewhere. Even though non-U.S. entities may not be subject to Trump’s order, MSCI said that many were concerned “the extensive presence of US entities, such as commercial banks, broker-dealers, and custodians, within their chain of financial intermediaries would significantly limit their ability to transact in the impacted securities.”


MSCI said it would remove the shares as of the close of business on Jan. 5. It said it would not remove securities from subsidiaries or affiliates of companies named in the order.



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