BEIJING, Jan. 12 (Xinhua) -- China's five-year treasury bond futures opened higher on Thursday, with the contract for settlement in March 2017 opening 0.05 percent higher at 99.46 yuan (about 14.39 U.S. dollars).
The contract for settlement in June 2017 opened 0.025 percent higher at 98.605 yuan. The contract for settlement in September 2017 had no trading at opening.
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.