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  • Apr. 12, 2012, 8:34 AM
    "Some people have dubbed the party 'The Family,'" says Jim Chanos of the Chinese communists. He points to the scandal and murder charges surrounding key party chief Bo Xilai as a "peek behind the curtain."
    | Apr. 12, 2012, 8:34 AM | Comment!
  • Apr. 12, 2012, 1:48 AM
    The World Bank cuts its forecast for China's growth to 8.2% this year, down from a January projection of 8.4%. That would be a 13-year low for China, as domestic consumption growth slows and the tepid global recovery eats into export demand.
    | Apr. 12, 2012, 1:48 AM | 3 Comments
  • Apr. 10, 2012, 11:51 AM
    The wife of Bo Xilai - the once-powerful, now sacked Communist Party chief of Chongqing - has been taken into custody as a suspect in the murder of U.K. businessman Neil Heywood. The intrigue around Bo's ouster has led to ideas of political instability in China, and even rumors of a coup.
    | Apr. 10, 2012, 11:51 AM | Comment!
  • Apr. 10, 2012, 7:58 AM
    Behind China's unexpected March trade surplus was a surprise (to some) slowing in imports. With the excuse of the Lunar holiday out of the way, it's another sign of slowing domestic demand there. Iron ore purchases -9.1%, steel product -20%, both Y/Y. Increasing was the value of oil imports, +20% Y/Y, thanks to high Brent crude prices.
    | Apr. 10, 2012, 7:58 AM | 1 Comment
  • Apr. 10, 2012, 2:36 AM
    China posted an unexpected trade surplus in March of $5.35B vs. an expected deficit of $3.15B, with imports up only 5.3% vs. expectations of +9%. Exports were a larger-than-expected +8.9%.
    | Apr. 10, 2012, 2:36 AM | Comment!
  • Apr. 9, 2012, 4:46 PM
    "The domestic economy remains beset by ... imbalanced and unsustainable development," says China Railway Group, who, along with China Railway Construction expects lower revenues and earnings in 2012 amidst a sharp fall in national railway spending. "Aggressive," is Daiwa's description of even the reduced revenue projections.
    | Apr. 9, 2012, 4:46 PM | Comment!
  • Apr. 9, 2012, 4:28 PM
    China may be experiencing economic contraction right now, says Patrick Chovanec. "There's a disconnect," he says, between China's reported economic numbers and reality on the ground. There isn't a single company he's talking to expecting an increase in revenue this year. "They're struggling to stay even."
    | Apr. 9, 2012, 4:28 PM | 3 Comments
  • Apr. 9, 2012, 2:54 PM
    "The economy is just sucking wind right now," says an anonymous Chinese auto industry exec, making it clear which set of manufacturing surveys (one showing expansion, the other contraction) he's buying. "All the bullets were spent a couple of years ago," says an economist arguing the government has little in its policy arsenal to turn things around.
    | Apr. 9, 2012, 2:54 PM | 1 Comment
  • Apr. 9, 2012, 11:28 AM
    Being bearish on China-related investments is in no way analogous to long-term bearishness on the country's economy, writes The Real Interloper. He sees little evidence China will avoid the "investment bubble/collapse/steady growth" process so common throughout economic history.
    | Apr. 9, 2012, 11:28 AM | Comment!
  • Apr. 8, 2012, 9:47 PM
    Chinese March CPI rises 3.6% Y/Y vs. expectations of 3.3% (3.2% previous). Shanghai -0.8% in its opening minutes of trade.
    | Apr. 8, 2012, 9:47 PM | 5 Comments
  • Apr. 5, 2012, 7:53 AM
    Fading a worldwide sell-off yesterday was Shanghai, where the index had its biggest jump in 2 months, +1.7%. Maybe behind the move was Beijing's saying it will more than double the amount foreigners can invest in the country's markets. Leading the rally were brokerages, Citic Securities +5.8%.
    | Apr. 5, 2012, 7:53 AM | Comment!
  • Apr. 3, 2012, 4:20 AM
    China's state firms are performing better than their private-sector counterparts, according to Moody's, pointing to a "two speed economy" where state firms have easier access to credit and are therefore squeezing out other parts of the economy. The divergence is "clearly of concern, as state-owned firms are less productive."
    | Apr. 3, 2012, 4:20 AM | Comment!
  • Mar. 30, 2012, 11:07 AM
    The conventional wisdom on China's weakish economic data to start the year says much of it is to do with the New Year celebration. Research by ISI Group says the seasonal adjustments too strong, and that business conditions are even worse than reported. March data (coming soon) will be key.
    | Mar. 30, 2012, 11:07 AM | Comment!
  • Mar. 30, 2012, 7:38 AM
    Despite a big decline (8%) in March, the Shanghai Composite closes its best quarterly gain in a year, up 2.9% from Jan. 1. The conventional wisdom has clearly shifted from a moderate, but healthy economic slowdown to something more than that, with even Beijing lowering its growth forecasts (which have a habit of coming true) to below 8%.
    | Mar. 30, 2012, 7:38 AM | Comment!
  • Mar. 29, 2012, 9:51 AM
    Morgan Stanley makes a contrary call on China, upping its 2012 GDP forecast from 8.4% to 9% as its analysts expect additional stimulus after disappointing data early this year. Morgan also raises its estimate for world GDP growth to 3.7% from 3.5%, with the big revision in China being the reason.
    | Mar. 29, 2012, 9:51 AM | Comment!
  • Mar. 29, 2012, 9:38 AM
    China's emerging corporate debt market may face its first default next month when Shandong Helon - a manufacturer of chemical fibers - could be unable to make payment on ¥400M of maturing paper. It will come as a shock in a country where bond investors have never before had to price credit risk, says Fraser Howie.
    | Mar. 29, 2012, 9:38 AM | Comment!
EWH Description
The iShares MSCI Hong Kong Index Fund seeks to provide investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of publicly traded securities in the Hong Kong market, as measured by the MSCI Hong Kong Index.
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Country: Hong Kong
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