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China stocks rise, welcome gradual IPO approach

An investor observes stock market at a stock exchange hall in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, China.
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An investor observes stock market at a stock exchange hall in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, China.

China stocks rose on Thursday as investors responded positively to a government announcement that it would shift to a U.S.-style registration system for initial public offerings within two years, a transition regulators described as being "gradual".

The CSI300 index rose roughly 1 percent, while the Shanghai Composite Index edged up 0.6 percent.

Adopting the new IPO system means that the market, instead of regulators, would decide which firms get to list and for how much. But that has fueled fears that a large number of companies could rush to the stock market for fundraising at the same time.

In an apparent move to ease investors' concerns, China's securities regulator said that the reform will be a gradual process, and the IPO floodgate would not be opened all of a sudden.

"It looks like IPOs would still be under some sort of control, so the registration system doesn't seem as frightening as previously thought," said Shen Weizheng, fund manager at Shanghai-based Ivy Capital.

Brokerage shares were generally strong, as investors bet the new IPO system would boost their underwriting revenues.

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