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Chinese stocks continue to climb as 2006 has been a rewarding year for investors after years of frustration. Both the Shanghai and Shenzhen Composite Indices reach all-time new highs today. In AP's coverage, a Chinese securities analyst was quoted saying, "Investors keep putting money into the market and most of them believe that the long-term prospects of market are positive given the hopes for yuan gains and better corporate earnings." ShanghaiComposite-vs-Benchmarks-12-13-06 In fact, the market cap of both indices has surged by 130% this year to $945 billion. Earlier this week, Bloomberg quoted a Hong-Kong based UBS analyst who said, "A lot of investors are buying but at the same time, they're pretty cautious. Stock valuations are high and there is a problem finding value stocks." The yuan meanwhile, reached its highest level against the U.S. dollar today since its pegged ended in July '05.
• Sources: Newsday-AP, Bloomberg
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Source: Chinese Stocks Hit All-Time Highs