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China's blockchain fever gets hotter even as regulator queries price surge

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(Reuters) - China's blockchain-related companies extended their bullish run on Friday, as punters brushed aside concerns raised by regulators about the rationality of price surges this week.

mania continued to propel the shares of a dozen companies which recently disclosed their involvement in cryptocurrency technology, even though some admitted their investments in the technology were still at an early stage.

A growing number of Chinese firms - ranging from packaging firms to gaming companies - have publicly linked their businesses with to capitalise on rapidly growing investor interest globally for the technology, the backbone of and other digital currencies.

Chinese regulators are taking unprecedented steps to contain financial risks - has banned initial coin offerings, shut down local cryptocurrency trading exchanges and limited mining - but speculators are not deterred.

Shares of soared for the second day on Friday, even after it clarified that it had merely hired two young graduates majoring in

jumped the maximum 10 percent for the third straight day, although the flagged risks to investors, saying it was still "exploring" technology.

punters also pushed up other concept stocks such as Xiamen Anne, and

Most of these companies had seen their shares steadily falling since mid-2015 to multi-year lows before this week's blockchain-triggered spurt.

"It takes only five minutes to think of an idea that has something to do with But it's a totally different story to build a business model around it that makes money," said Wu Beicheng, adding he identified only one China-listed company, Hundsun Technologies, as a reasonable bet.

Highlighting how some companies are tapping into the speculative interest, the Exchange questioned U9 Game Co on Thursday, asking whether it used the concept to help push up its flagging share price. The company has a large proportion of shares pledged for loans.

Robin Zhang, at CSSD (Singapore), put China's mania in the backdrop of a global setting, where companies including have attracted investor fever due to their applications of the technology.

"It's a bit like the bubble. But after the bubble burst, some companies with real customers, revenues and performance, will stand out, like or "

(Reporting by and John Ruwitch; Editing by Jacqueline Wong)

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First Published: Fri, January 12 2018. 13:43 IST