Chinese firms dropped from Dow Jones indexes after US order

SHANGHAI • S&P Dow Jones Indices (DJI) said yesterday it would remove Chinese companies, including Hikvision, from its products, becoming the latest index provider to do so following a Trump administration order restricting purchases of their shares.

S&P DJI said it would remove A-shares, H-shares and American depositary receipts of 10 companies, including Hikvision and Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp (SMIC), from all equity indexes prior to the market opening on Dec 21.

The company said it will also remove 11 securities issued by Chinese companies from its fixed income indexes before Jan 1.

Hikvision and SMIC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

“The order… may impact the ability of market participants to replicate S&P DJI equity and fixed income indexes containing securities affected by the order,” S&P DJI said in a statement.

Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management chief fund manager Kiyoshi Ishigane said that funds following the S&P indexes “will have to sell. This goes beyond the routine annual changes to names on the index”.

“Once the passive funds start selling, the active funds will be inclined to do the same.”

S&P DJI’s move comes after index provider FTSE Russell said last week that it would remove eight Chinese firms from its products to comply with the US executive order, which barred US investors from buying securities of blacklisted firms starting next November.

The company said it had acted on feedback from index subscribers and other stakeholders.

The executive order, unveiled last month and first reported by Reuters, is designed to deter US investment firms, pension funds and others from buying shares of Chinese companies designated by the Defence Department as backed by the Chinese military.

Hikvision previously said that the US order’s decision to pursue it was “groundless”. Hikvision shares in Shenzhen gained more than 4 per cent in early afternoon trade yesterday after the S&P DJI announcement.

SMIC’s Shanghai shares rose 1.01 per cent and its H-shares fell 0.45 per cent in Hong Kong.