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10 China stocks to be dropped from some MSCI indexes

Names include Hikvision, CRRC and other companies hit by US curbs

Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology is among the mainland companies on a U.S. blacklist for allegedly having ties to the military. Some global index compilers have removed such companies from their indexes.   © Reuters

BOSTON (Reuters) -- MSCI Inc said on Tuesday it will delete the securities of 10 Chinese companies from some global indexes after the U.S. imposed restrictions on their ownership, but said it would also launch new versions of several indexes that retain the same securities.

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 administration of U.S. President Donald Trump 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 U.S. 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 U.S. 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.

Further updates to control lists issued by U.S. officials could result in future delistings, MSCI said.

MSCI said that it will launch new versions of various indexes such as for emerging markets that will retain the shares in these Chinese companies in question.

"These indexes and parallel versions of current custom indexes will be available upon request," MSCI said.

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