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China Short Sellers Shun Stock Link With Zero Trade on Debut

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Hong Kong’s stock exchange says its new platform for bearish bets through the city’s bourse link with Shanghai is running smoothly. There’s just one thing missing: short sellers.

Traders executed zero short sales, or wagers that shares will decline, as the bourse allowed such bets through the connect for the first time on Monday. Restrictions include a cap on the size of trades and a rule that only Hong Kong exchange participants, typically brokerages, can lend shares for short selling through the program, according to the bourse.