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Chinese retail investors shrug at A-shares' MSCI debut

Stocks picked for indexes seen as too pricey for the money that drives mainland markets

MSCI opted to compromise on standards to go with investors who wanted to be in China. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

HONG KONG -- Mainland Chinese shares fell on Friday, as individual investors, a key market segment, showed little desire to chase the 226 large-cap names that joined one of the world's most closely followed baskets of stocks.

The Shanghai Composite Index fell 0.66% and Shenzhen's SZSE Component Index slid 1.23%, failing to see an influx of international funds on the first day since mainland A-shares were added to MSCI indexes. Investors reacted more strongly to news of the U.S. imposing metals tariffs on allies. 

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