Mon, Jul. 13, 2:42 AM
- Chinese exports grew for the first time in four months in June, rising 2.8% on year after dropping 2.8% in May and easily beating expectations for a decline of 0.2%.
- Imports slumped 6.1%, although that represented an improvement from a plunge of 18.1% previously and wasn't as bad as forecasts of -15%.
- Still, the weak imports indicate that domestic demand remains tepid and adds to the feeling that the central bank could further loosen monetary policy.
- China's trade surplus narrowed to $46.54B from $59.49B vs consensus of $55.7B.
- "A return to growth for exports after three months of declines is certainly a positive," says Bloomberg economist Tom Orlik. "However, low single-digit export growth year-to-date against a background of the strengthening global economy is not particularly impressive," Orlik cautions. "With real estate construction also weak, China's main external and domestic engines of demand are both misfiring."
- The trade figures come ahead of Wednesday's release of GDP data, which is expected to show that growth slowed to 6.8% in Q2 from 7% in Q1.
- ETFs: FXI, ASHR, EWH, CAF, YINN, KWEB, PGJ, GXC, FXP, CYB, HAO, YANG, CNY, TAO, CHIX, CHN, PEK, CHIQ, CQQQ, MCHI, DSUM, TDF, QQQC, XPP, YAO, GCH, ASHS, YXI, CN, CHXF, FXCH, FCA, CNXT, CHNA, CHII, CHIE, ECNS, EWHS, CHIM, KBA, KFYP, FCHI, JFC, CBON, FHK, AFTY, CHNB, CHAU
Fri, May 15, 3:18 AM
- The Shanghai Composite falls 1.8% as the rally driven by an interest-rate cut on Sunday cools and amid expectations of more IPOs.
- "Investors seem to be selling some of their holdings to have cash for a new round of IPOs,” says broker Gerry Alfonso.
- Elsewhere, the Hang Seng is +1.7%, the Nikkei +0.8% and India's Sensex +0.5% following another record Nasdaq close over night and as foreign bond markets appear to be stabilizing. Still, a possible increase in U.S. interest rates continues to hang over markets.
- ETFs: FXI, FAX, ASHR, EWH, CAF, YINN, KWEB, PGJ, GXC, FXP, CYB, HAO, YANG, CNY, TAO, CHN, CHIX, PEK, CHIQ, CQQQ, MCHI, DSUM, TDF, QQQC, XPP, YAO, GCH, ASHS, YXI, CN, FXCH, CHXF, ALD, FCA, CNXT, CHNA, CHII, ECNS, CHIE, EWHS, CHIM, KBA, KFYP, FCHI, JFC, CBON, FHK, AFTY, CHNB
Oct. 27, 2014, 4:39 AM
- Chinese and Hong Kong Shares fall after a stock-trading connection between Shanghai and Hong Kong is delayed, with no indication of when it will commence.
- The program had been expected to begin by the end of this month.
- Japan +0.6%, Hong Kong -0.7%, China -0.5%, India -0.1%.
- ETFs: FXI, EWH, KWEB, PGJ, GXC, YINN, FXP, CYB, HAO, ASHR, CNY, TAO, YANG, CHIQ, CQQQ, DSUM, CHIX, MCHI, QQQC, PEK, XPP, YAO, YXI, FXCH, CHXF, ECNS, CHII, CN, FCA, CHIE, CHIM, EWHS, FCHI, KFYP, ASHS, CNXT, TCHI, CHLC, CHNA, KBA, FHK
Jul. 24, 2014, 12:46 PM
- The big mover in Asia overnight was China up 1.3% after the flash PMI read for July from HSBC showed a rise to 52 from June's final read of 50.7. Expectations had been for a slight gain to 51.
- “The cumulative impact of mini-stimulus measures introduced earlier is still filtering through,” says Qu Hongbin, HSBC’s chief China economist. “We expect policy makers to maintain their accommodative stance over the next few months to consolidate the recovery.”
- FXI +1.6%
- ETFs: FXI, PGJ, GXC, FXP, YINN, ASHR, YANG, MCHI, PEK, XPP, YAO, YXI, CHXX, CHXF, CHII, CHIM, CN, FCA, KFYP, CHNA, KBA
Jun. 19, 2014, 10:44 AM
- Worries over a rush of IPOs make for a convenient excuse for a 1.6% decline in the Shanghai Composite overnight. Regulators have given the green light to new offerings after a four-month halt and at least four companies are coming public this week. "The secondary market is bleeding," says one strategist. "Investors want to speculate on new stocks."
- China's securities regulator says about 100 companies will list on the mainland by year-end.
- FXI -0.8%
- ETFs: FXI, EWH, PGJ, GXC, FXP, KWEB, YINN, HAO, ASHR, CHIQ, YANG, TAO, CHIX, CQQQ, MCHI, QQQC, PEK, XPP, YAO, YXI, CHXX, CHXF, CHII, ECNS, CHIE, CHIM, EWHS, FCHI, CN, FCA, KFYP, CHNA, FHK, KBA, ASHS
Apr. 28, 2014, 4:51 AM
- Asian shares mostly fall as the escalating Ukraine crisis weighs on sentiment.
- In China, the mood has also been affected by the securities regulator announcing a resumption of IPOs after a three-month halt and President Xi Jinping dampening hopes for further stimulus by saying that fiscal and monetary policies would essentially remain as they are. The regulator will hold meetings on Wednesday to review the applications of four companies.
- Japan -1%, Hong Kong -0.4%, China -1.6%, India -025%.
- China ETFs: FXI, PGJ, GXC, FXP, YINN, KWEB, CYB, HAO, CNY, ASHR, CHIQ, DSUM, TAO, YANG, CHIX, CQQQ, MCHI, QQQC, PEK, XPP, YAO, CHXX, YXI, FXCH, CHXF, CHII, ECNS, CHIE, CHIM, FCA, KFYP, TCHI, CHLC, CHNA, KBA
Mar. 24, 2014, 2:24 AM
- HSBC Chinese flash manufacturing PMI has indicated contraction for a fifth consecutive month, slipping to 48.1 in March from 48.5 in February and missing consensus of 48.7.
- New orders, employment and output shrank, although new export orders grew for the first time in four months.
- The reading adds to other data which indicate that China's economy is slowing.
- "Weakness is broadly based with domestic demand softening further," says HSBC. "We expect Beijing to launch a series of policy measures to stabilize growth."
- Hopes of such stimulus have helped push the Shanghai Composite up 1%, while the Hang Seng is +1.7%. (PR)
- ETFs: FXI, PGJ, GXC, FXP, YINN, CYB, KWEB, HAO, CNY, ASHR, CHIQ, DSUM, CHIX, TAO, YANG, CQQQ, MCHI, PEK, QQQC, XPP, YAO, CHXX, YXI, FXCH, CHII, CHXF, ECNS, CHIM, CHIE, KFYP, FCA, TCHI, CHLC, CHNA, KBA
Mar. 21, 2014, 4:30 AM
- Chinese and Hong Kong stocks lead an Asian rally following sharp Fed-inspired losses in the region yesterday.
- The Shanghai Composite Index jumps 2.7% amid speculation that the Chinese government will ease the ability of banks and property developers to raise money as part of an attempt to boost the stuttering economy, further evidence for which was provided in China's "Beige Book." One financing idea being bandied about is letting lenders sell preferred shares.
- The yuan is steady following further sharp losses for the renminbi this week, with the USD-CNY -0.1% at 6.229 yuan.
- Japan closed. Hong Kong +1.3%, India +0.1%.
- ETFs: FXI, PGJ, GXC, FXP, YINN, CYB, KWEB, HAO, CNY, ASHR, CHIQ, DSUM, TAO, CHIX, YANG, CQQQ, MCHI, PEK, QQQC, XPP, YAO, CHXX, YXI, CHII, FXCH, CHXF, ECNS, CHIM, CHIE, KFYP, FCA, TCHI, CHLC, CHNA, KBA
Feb. 25, 2014, 4:19 AM
- The Chinese yuan has fallen for the sixth day in a row and hit its lowest level in a year, with currency analyst Kenix Lai believing that the People's Bank of China has been engineering the fall, possibly to "change the perception of the one-way bet on yuan gains."
- Lai says the PBOC may also be "introducing two-way volatility as it prepares the renminbi for a wider trading band." The PBOC said last week that it plans to expand the range in an "orderly" manner.
- The yuan's direction has generally been upwards, but since touching a record high against the dollar in mid-January, the currency has dropped over 1%.
- Today, the PBOC set the renminbi's daily reference rate at 6.1184 to the dollar. The yuan is allowed to trade 1% either side of the rate.
- The Shanghai Composite closes -2%.
- ETFs: FXI, PGJ, GXC, FXP, YINN, HAO, KWEB, ASHR, CHIQ, TAO, CHIX, DSUM, YANG, CQQQ, MCHI, PEK, QQQC, XPP, YAO, CHXX, CHII, CHXF, YXI, ECNS, CHIE, CHIM, FCA, KFYP, CHLC, TCHI, CHNA, CEW, JEM
Jan. 24, 2014, 4:23 AM
- Asian shares have mostly fallen as investors have seemed to grow more fearful about the significance of poor Chinese manufacturing PMI data yesterday.
- Investors have sought safe havens such as the yen - the USD-JPY is -0.3% at ¥103 - helping to send the Nikkei -1.9%.
- "A correction could occur," says investment strategist Shane Oliver. "We have to expect more volatility. Shares are no longer dirt cheap, meaning the easy gains are behind us."
- The once place where the PMI data didn't seem to to have an effect today was China, whose Shanghai Composite rose 0.6%. Stocks were partly boosted by money market rates falling again following a $42B+ injection of cash this week from the central bank ahead of the Lunar New Year. The seven-day repo rate dropped 77 bps to 4.61%.
- "Bad news has been digested and liquidity has eased," says analyst Du Liang.
- China ETFs: FXI, PGJ, GXC, FXP, CYB, YINN, HAO, CNY, TAO, CHIQ, ASHR, CHIX, YANG, MCHI, DSUM, PEK, KWEB, CQQQ, QQQC, XPP, YAO, CHXX, FXCH, CHII, CHXF, ECNS, CHIE, YXI, CHIM, KFYP, FCA, TCHI, CHLC, CHNA
- Japan ETFs: DXJ, EWJ, FXY, YCS, JGBS, JGBD, DFJ, JYN, NKY, DBJP, EZJ, EWV, YCL, SCJ, DXJS, JSC, ITF, JGBL, JPP, JPNL, JGBT, JPNS, FJP, JGBB
Jan. 23, 2014, 4:46 AM
- Asian equities are mixed after preliminary data from HSBC showed that Chinese manufacturing activity contracted for the first time in six months.
- "The weak flash PMI will inevitably inflame China slowdown worries, but this is only one data point," says strategist Linus Yip. "If more data start to also show a deeper slowdown, Beijing may be forced to stimulate in order to maintain a stable basis for growth that they need to execute reforms."
- However, it was the Hang Seng that seemed to take the brunt of the losses, falling 1.4%, while Australia's S&P/ASX 200 dropped 1.1%.
- The Shanghai composite closed -0.5%, with the negative mood perhaps offset by the People's Bank of China conducting 120B yuan ($19.8B) of 21-day reverse-repurchase agreements as it seeks to further defend against a credit crunch.
- Elsewhere in Asia, Japan's Nikkei closed -0.8% and India's Sensex is +0.15%.
- ETFs: FXI, EWA, EWH, PGJ, GXC, FXP, HAO, YINN, TAO, CHIQ, ASHR, CHIX, YANG, MCHI, PEK, KWEB, CQQQ, QQQC, XPP, AUSE, YAO, CHXX, CHII, CHXF, ECNS, CHIE, YXI, CHIM, EWHS, FCHI, KFYP, FCA, TCHI, CHNA, FHK, FAUS
Jan. 22, 2014, 5:03 AM
- Chinese shares led Asian shares higher, with the Shanghai Composite rising 2.2% as stocks built on yesterday's gains following the injection of liquidity into money markets by the People's Bank of China in order to avert a cash crunch. The PBOC is expected to add more funds in operations tomorrow.
- "The cyclicals and the blue chips are leading the rebound today, which usually points at policy relief," says analyst Cao Xuefeng. "It's more a relief rally at this point."
- In Japan, the Nikkei rose 0.2% after the BOJ again maintained its ultra-loose monetary policy as is.
- Elsehwere, Hang Seng +0.05%, India +0.4%.
- ETFs: FXI, PGJ, GXC, FXP, YINN, HAO, CYB, CNY, TAO, CHIQ, CHIX, ASHR, YANG, MCHI, PEK, KWEB, DSUM, CQQQ, QQQC, XPP, YAO, CHXX, CHII, FXCH, CHXF, ECNS, CHIE, YXI, CHIM, KFYP, FCA, TCHI, CHLC, CHNA
Jan. 21, 2014, 3:36 AM
- Having surged 153 bps yesterday, China's seven-day repurchase rate fell 88 bps to 5.44% today after the People's Bank of China injected over 255B yuan ($42B) into the financial system and expanded a loan facility in order to meet demand for cash ahead of the Lunar New Year.
- The PBOC's action helped the Shanghai Composite rise 0.9% and the Hang Seng 0.5%.
- Meanwhile, the shares of eight small companies jumped on their trading debuts today, prompting the Shenzhen Stock Exchange to warn about "blindly" speculating in IPOs. The stock moves highlight the demand for new listings following the end of a year-long moratorium on IPOs.
- ETFs: FXI, PGJ, GXC, FXP, YINN, HAO, CYB, CNY, TAO, CHIQ, CHIX, ASHR, YANG, MCHI, PEK, CQQQ, KWEB, DSUM, QQQC, XPP, YAO, CHXX, CHII, FXCH, CHXF, ECNS, CHIE, YXI, CHIM, KFYP, FCA, TCHI, CHLC, CHNA
Jan. 17, 2014, 4:19 AM
- Asian shares are mainly lower as disappointing earnings results out the U.S. hurt sentiment.
- China's Shanghai Composite closes -0.9% for its third weekly loss. Investors stayed cautious ahead of GDP and other economic next week, while a surge of 43% in the shares of debutant Neway Valve served to highlight concerns that an upcoming wave of offerings will divert money from other stocks. The industrial valve manufacturer is the first company to hold an IPO following the end of a year-long moratorium on new listings.
- Elsewhere in Asia, Japan's Nikkei -0.1%, Hong Kong's Hang Seng +0.6% and India's Sensex is -1%.
- ETFs: FXI, GXC, PGJ, FXP, HAO, YINN, CYB, CNY, TAO, CHIQ, CHIX, ASHR, YANG, MCHI, PEK, CQQQ, KWEB, QQQC, XPP, DSUM, YAO, CHXX, FXCH, CHII, CHXF, ECNS, YXI, CHIE, CHIM, KFYP, FCA, TCHI, CHLC, CHNA
Jan. 14, 2014, 5:38 AM
- Asian and European stocks mostly fall following Wall Street's sharp losses yesterday, while U.S. stock futures are flat-to-higher.
- Earnings warnings in the U.S. are among the factors weighing on sentiment.
- However, Chinese equities bucked the tape in Asia, rising 0.9% following four days of losses and after the Shanghai Composite traded at 10.1 times reported earnings yesterday, the lowest since at least 2007. The re-opening of the IPO market has been hurting the mood lately..
- The Nikkei plummeted 3.2% during the first session of the week amid a strengthening of the yen over the long weekend. Elsewhere in Asia, Hong Kong -0.4%, India -0.5%.
- EU Stoxx 50 -0.45%, London -0.4%, Paris -0.5%, Frankfurt -0.6%, Madrid -0.3%, Milan -0.35%.
- U.S. stock futures: Dow flat. S&P +0.1%. Nasdaq flat.
- China ETFs: FXI, GXC, PGJ, FXP, HAO, CYB, YINN, CNY, TAO, CHIQ, CHIX, ASHR, YANG, MCHI, PEK, CQQQ, QQQC, XPP, KWEB, YAO, CHXX, FXCH, CHII, CHXF, ECNS, YXI, CHIE, CHIM, KFYP, FCA, TCHI, CHNA
Jan. 6, 2014, 2:45 AM
- Chinese HSBC services PMI dropped to the lowest level since August 2011, falling to 50.9 in December from 52.5 in November.
- The decline mirrors a drop in the official print to 54.6 from 56, as well a deceleration in manufacturing growth, and suggests that the slowdown in the economy is broad-based.
- The sub-index for new business orders sank to a six-month low of 51.8, although labor conditions improved.
- HSBC put a positive spin on the data, saying it expects that the expansion in manufacturing and that economic reform will support the services sector.
- Still, the reading helped drag down Asian markets amid fears that China's slowdown will continue in Q1.
- The Shanghai Composite -1.8%, Hang Seng -0.4%, Japan -2.35%, India -0.3%. (PR)
- ETFs: FXI, PGJ, GXC, FXP, HAO, CYB, YINN, CNY, TAO, CHIQ, CHIX, ASHR, MCHI, YANG, PEK, CQQQ, DSUM, XPP, QQQC, YAO, KWEB, CHXX, CHII, FXCH, ECNS, CHXF, CHIE, YXI, CHIM, KFYP, FCA, TCHI, CHLC, CHNA
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