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OPENING BELL: China CITIC Bank president Chen Xiaoxian marks the bank's Shanghai stock debut

Amid the relentless mania for making money that defines 21st century China, it's easy to forget that the country's stock markets in Shanghai and Shenzhen are less than two decades old. They may be barely out of adolescence, but they are already among the largest in the world. According to a forecast this month from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC), a global consulting firm, Chinese companies will raise $52 billion this year through initial public stock offerings in Shanghai and Shenzhen, more than double the amount forecast at the start of the year. Remarkably, this makes it likely China will generate more IPO money...

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