Mainland China shares eked out a gain to start 2013, with a rise in property counters on anticipated demand helping reverse midday losses as investors returned on Friday from a three-day New Year holiday.
The CSI300 of the top Shanghai and Shenzhen A-shares closed up 0.1% at 2,524.4. The Shanghai Composite Index crawled up 0.4%. Both indexes closed at their highest since mid-June.
They rose 1.8 and 2%, respectively, this week, when mainaland markets had only two days of trading.
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