Ignore the slowdown in China at your own peril, writes Ben Levisohn after GDP growth slipped to...

|By:, SA News Editor

Ignore the slowdown in China at your own peril, writes Ben Levisohn after GDP growth slipped to 7.5% in Q2, and Beijing shows little sign of easing policy to re-boost it. Consumer staples and health care stocks with high China exposure like Mead Johnson (MJN) and PerkinElmer (PKI) have recently underperformed (on a relative basis), but also at risk are those in materials, industrials, and IT with a heavy reliance on China: DOW, ALTR, EXPD, GE. On the other hand there's Las Vegas Sands (LVS) - maybe unfairly (relatively) punished for its Macau exposure even as the secular growth of gambling there should offset any cyclical economic weakness in China.