BEIJING, Jan. 29 (Xinhua) -- Chinese stocks continued to rise on Tuesday for a second trading day, driven by the finance and furniture sectors.
Following Monday's 2.41-percent surge, the best performance seen in almost two weeks, the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.53 percent, or 12.47 points, to end at 2,358.98.
The Shenzhen Component Index edged up 0.89 percent, or 85.74 points, to close at 9,704.66.
Combined turnover on the two bourses rose to 233.6 billion yuan (37.2 billion U.S. dollars) from 210 billion yuan the previous trading day.
Rises prevailed on the two bourses, led mainly by the furniture industry and the financial sector, with sub-indices up 2.1 percent and 2.09 percent, respectively.
China Merchants Securities Co., a financial company under the China Merchants Group, rose by its daily limit of 10 percent for a second trading day, closing at 12.30 yuan per share. China Merchants Bank, which is under the same group, also climbed 2.96 percent.
The environmental protection sector, which enjoyed the biggest increase in morning trading, had narrower gains in the afternoon, registering a 1.69-percent rise for the entire trading day.
The liquor sector rose 0.51 percent in volatile trading, as the sector has been hobbled by a scandal involving plasticizer contamination and an official ban on luxury banquets, which often feature premium liquors.
Kweichow Moutai, one of China's leading high-end liquor makers, lost 0.19 percent to end at 178.16 yuan per share.