China stock regulator restricts 24 trading accounts for suspected irregularities

An investor in front of an electronic board showing stock information at a brokerage house in Fuyang, China, July 28, 2015.

China's securities regulator said on Friday that it had restricted 24 stock trading accounts for suspected trading irregularities.

The accounts had been found to have abnormal bids for shares or bid cancellations and were thus suspected of affecting share prices or influencing investment decisions by other investors, the China Securities Regulatory Commission said in its official microblog weibo.

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The regulator also said that it was investigating individuals and institutional investors who used automated trading strategies in the Shanghai and Shenzhen stock exchanges so as to analyze their impact on the stock market.

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