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Fresh from being slammed by more than 4% on Friday, a sell-off which took weekly losses to more than 10%, Chinese stocks have been hammered in early trade on Monday.

The benchmark Shanghai Composite index is down 3.83%, taking its losses from the multi-year peak of 5178.2 hit on June 12 to 34.85%.

It is now trading at the lowest level since mid-March although, adding some perspective, the index has still rallied 50% over the past 12 months despite the recent falls.

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The carnage in Shanghai is being replicated in other mainland Chinese indices.

The CSI 300 and 500 indices, comprising of the 300 and 500-largest firms by market capitalisation in Shanghai and Shenzhen, are lower by 3.76% and 4.70% respectively.

The losses come despite news over the weekend that China’s giant pension fund will now be allowed to invest as much as one trillion yuan in domestic stocks – the latest in a long line of attempts from the government to address the slide in Chinese markets.

Earlier in the session the PBOC fixed the USD/CNY rate at 6.3862, down slightly on the 6.389 closing level seen on Friday.

As reported by Business Insider