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  • Sep. 20, 2012, 10:46 AM

    The size of the PBOC's balance sheet is shrinking ... rapidly. Far from being a conscious decision to tighten monetary policy, the shrinkage has more to with capital flows. To fix the price of the yuan, the PBOC is forced to print as money flows into the country, but must sell securities as capital reverses. The policy means the PBOC has a very large stimulus bullet in its chamber - letting the yuan go.

    | Sep. 20, 2012, 10:46 AM | 1 Comment
  • Sep. 20, 2012, 7:40 AM

    "As a Western investor, I would take issue with any corporate accounting in China," Jim Chanos tells CNBC. "I wouldn't trust any company's accounting in  China." Corporate profits there are imploding, he says, and now the country has to deal with capital flight. Doing "just fine" with his shorts, Chanos says he's done some covering of late.

    | Sep. 20, 2012, 7:40 AM
  • Sep. 20, 2012, 7:09 AM
    China leads an overnight tumble in Asia with weak (but expected) manufacturing numbers and the island dispute with Japan turning into something more than a war of words as good of excuses as any for selling. Shanghai -2.1%, Hong Kong -1.2%.
    | Sep. 20, 2012, 7:09 AM
  • Sep. 19, 2012, 3:21 PM
    His father the victim of a $1K mail-order scam, Whitney Tilson calls China "completely uninvestable." Instead of cracking down on fraud, says the man who lost money shorting, and then buying, and then buying more Netflix, Beijing goes after those who try to shine a light on it.
    | Sep. 19, 2012, 3:21 PM
  • Sep. 19, 2012, 12:08 PM

    Noting Chinese indices are loaded far too much with financial stocks, WisdomTree launches its ex-financials China Dividend ETF (CHFX). To the the question of why one would want to invest in a country where the financial sector may be weak going forward, Jeremy Siegel says look no further than the U.S., where stocks have proven they can do just fine as financials sag.

    | Sep. 19, 2012, 12:08 PM
  • Sep. 13, 2012, 8:32 AM
    More signs Chinese shares are closer to a bottom than a top, U.K. insurer Avvia becomes the latest to exit the country's mutual fund industry. Once the must-go destination for global asset managers, China's mutual fund assets are down 25% over 5 years despite a tripling in fund offerings. A 60% decline in shares will do that.
    | Sep. 13, 2012, 8:32 AM | 2 Comments
  • Sep. 13, 2012, 7:24 AM
    Shanghai goes its own way again, off 0.8%, with the entirety of the decline coming near the end of trading after state media downplays the odds of a 2008-style stimulus. "A massive stimulus plan is not only unlikely, but would be detrimental to the country's sustainable growth."
    | Sep. 13, 2012, 7:24 AM | 1 Comment
  • Sep. 12, 2012, 7:05 AM

    "Be it monetary or fiscal, we still have ample strength," says Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, trying to assure Beijing has the bullets necessary to support the economy. No one doubts the government has the necessary tools, but some question whether leadership has the appetite to use them. Shanghai +0.3%, Hong Kong +1.1%.

    | Sep. 12, 2012, 7:05 AM | 1 Comment
  • Sep. 7, 2012, 7:02 AM

    When severely beaten-down markets get the slightest bit of good news, watch out. Shanghai soars nearly 4%, first getting a pop from yesterday's big rally in the West, and then a jolt from Beijing's roll-out of major road building plans. Chatter grows about further action - possibly a reserve ratio cut - over the weekend. FXI +2.1% premarket.

    | Sep. 7, 2012, 7:02 AM | 1 Comment
  • Sep. 5, 2012, 7:01 AM

    The Hang Seng, -1.5%, suffers its worst loss in 6 weeks, led by a 4% decline in China Minsheng Bank after a JPMorgan downgrade. Also hammered are coal producers amidst reports of sky-high inventories and a 10% dive in Shandong coking coal prices last week. Yanzhou Coal (YZC) fell 6.2%.

    | Sep. 5, 2012, 7:01 AM | 1 Comment
  • Sep. 3, 2012, 11:01 AM
    Markets are getting keyed up about possible Chinese stimulus, but China may stand fast. Its economy, though slowing, is still growing at a reasonable rate, and Chinese policymakers need to tread carefully with the economy ahead of this year's transition to new political leadership.
    | Sep. 3, 2012, 11:01 AM | 3 Comments
  • Sep. 2, 2012, 7:54 AM
    It's always struck as curious the way capitalists (at least nominally so) put their faith in a group of Beijing Mandarins to guide the Chinese economy into just the right spot. Goldman's Paul O'Neill describes the government's muted response to the severe growth slowdown as maybe a clever way of achieving the vaunted rebalancing of the economy. (latest PMI data)
    | Sep. 2, 2012, 7:54 AM | 5 Comments
  • Aug. 30, 2012, 9:12 AM

    Maybe hoping to put a charge into flagging stock prices, China introduces a pilot program to allow brokerages to offer margin lending, as well as stock lending for shorts. A market without shorts is a market that never experiences a rush higher from short-covering.

    | Aug. 30, 2012, 9:12 AM | 2 Comments
  • Aug. 29, 2012, 7:58 AM
    A loud series of stimulus plans announced by local Chinese governments recently are largely symbolic, says Huo Jianguo of the Ministry of Commerce. "I believe there is a certain level of exaggeration."
    | Aug. 29, 2012, 7:58 AM
  • Aug. 29, 2012, 7:10 AM

    After a 1-day rally, Shanghai (-1%) resumes its downtrend, the composite index falling to its lowest level since early February 2009. It's earnings seasons in China and the reports continue to disappoint even lowered expectations. Air China (AIRYY.PK) said profit fell 77% in H1 as rising fuel costs combined with the slumping economy.

    | Aug. 29, 2012, 7:10 AM
  • Aug. 28, 2012, 3:48 PM

    Is the relentless fall in Chinese shares a leading indicator for the rest of the world or buying opportunity? Already bearish, Doug Kass notes Shanghai rolling over in October 2007 preceeded the meltdown elsewhere. Foreign investors, however, see bargains, becoming net buyers of Chinese shares in consecutive weeks for the first time since February.

    | Aug. 28, 2012, 3:48 PM
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