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China Said to Intervene in Stocks Ahead of Annual Policy Meeting

  • Large-cap banks lead gains on Friday as small caps sink
  • Nation's leaders are gathering in Beijing for NPC meeting
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China intervened to support its stock market on Friday, helping the benchmark index cap its best weekly gain of 2016 before policy makers meet to approve a five-year road map for the economy, according to two people with direct knowledge of the situation.

State-backed funds bought primarily bank shares, while some local branches of the securities regulator asked listed companies, mutual funds and brokerages to stabilize the market during the National People’s Congress and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, said the people, who asked not to be named because the matter isn’t public.