BEIJING, April 21-- China's five-year treasury bond futures opened lower on Friday, with the contract for settlement in June 2017 opening 0.061 percent lower at 98.61 yuan (about 14.33 U.S. dollars).
The contract for settlement in September 2017 opened 0.071 percent lower at 98.09 yuan. The contract for settlement in December 2017 opened 0.026 percent lower at 97.71 yuan.
The contracts are agreements to buy or sell treasury bonds at a predetermined price and set date. They allow investors to bet on and profit from the movements in the value of the bonds.
The treasury bond futures were launched at the Shanghai-based China Financial Futures Exchange and started trading on Sept. 6, 2013.