FTSE Russell cuts further three China firms from indexes after U.S. blacklist
Adds details on Hangzhou Hikvision
LONDON, Jan 4 (Reuters) - FTSE Russell will delete a further three firms from its global equity indexes after guidance on an executive order by outgoing President Donald Trump barring U.S. investments in some Chinese companies, a hardening of his stance against Beijing
China United Network Communications 600050.SS, Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) 0981.HK and Nanjing Panda Electronics 600775.SS will be deleted from FTSE Russell's FTSE Global Equity Index Series as well as the FTSE Global China A Inclusion Indexes from Thursday.
FTSE Russell said on Monday it will also remove SMIC, China's top microchip maker, from its FTSE China 50 Index and video security firm Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology 002415.SZ from its FTSE China A50 index having removed it from the FTSE Global Equity Index Series last month.
Washington unveiled an executive order in November prohibiting U.S. investments in Chinese companies it said are owned or controlled by the Chinese military. Dozens more were then added to the blacklist in December.
Other global index providers including the New York Stock Exchange, MSCI MSCI.N, S&P Dow Jones Indices and Nasdaq NDAQ.O have also removed firms from their benchmarks.
Shares in China's three biggest telecoms firms China Mobile 0941.HK, China Telecom Corp 0728.HK and China Unicom Hong Kong 0762. fell as much as 5% in Hong Kong on Monday, the first trading session since the NYSE said it would delist them.
China has called the moves "unwise" and oppressive.
(Reporting by Karin Strohecker and Marc Jones; Editing by Dhara Ranasinghe and Alexander Smith)
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