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China shares end at 3-month high as inflation concerns ease

* SSEC +0.34%, CSI300 +0.04%

* Real-estate firms lead gains

* Yuan appreciation, Fed comments ease inflation fears

SHANGHAI, May 26 (Reuters) - China stocks notched their highest close in three months on Wednesday as easing inflation worries and a strong yuan lifted risk appetite, although profit-taking pressured agricultural and electric-vehicle firms. ** Rising for the third straight session, the Shanghai Composite index ended up 0.34% at 3,593.36, the highest closing level since February 25. The blue-chip CSI300 index was up 0.04%. ** Leading gains, the real estate index rose 1.49% and the financial sector gained 0.52%. China Fortune Land Development Co advanced 4.3% while China Industrial Securities Co jumped by the daily limit of 10%.

** The agriculture sector and the subindex tracking new-energy vehicle firms both lost 0.6%. Battery maker EVE Energy Co slumped 4.1%.

** The smaller Shenzhen index ended down 0.06% and the start-up board ChiNext Composite index was 0.945% weaker.

** China’s yuan extended gains to a near three-year high, helping ease the pressure from rising prices of imports, analysts said.

** U.S. Federal Reserve officials reaffirmed a dovish monetary policy stance on Tuesday, boosting sentiment in Asian markets.

** China’s market regulator has begun an investigation into suspected anti-competitive practices by KE Holdings, the country’s biggest housing broker whose top backer is Tencent Holdings, two people who know of the matter said.

** Around the region, MSCI’s Asia ex-Japan stock index was firmer by 0.4%, while Japan’s Nikkei index closed up 0.31%. ** At 0714 GMT, the yuan was quoted at 6.3958 per U.S. dollar, 0.25% firmer than the previous close of 6.412. (Reporting by Shanghai Newsroom; Editing by Devika Syamnath)

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