The People’s Bank of China said it will moderately increase short-term liquidity in the banking system through issuing reverse repos to stabilise market expectations, according to a statement on the central bank’s official microblog.
The PBOC resumed open market operations for the first time Thursday morning, issuing 35 billion yuan ($5.64 billion) in reverse bond purchase agreements, which inject cash for short periods of time.
The move comes as demand for cash has begun to drive up short-term rates in the interbank market, as companies build up capital in preparation for the first-half reporting period.
The PBOC also said that liquidity in the banking system remains ample.
The benchmark seven-day repo rate has been rising steadily since mid-May, and is now trading around 2.8 percent.
In 2013, the interbank market suffered a cash crunch that saw short-term rates spike and stock markets collapse after the central bank held back from injecting adequate liquidity.
($1 = 6.2083 Chinese yuan)