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iShares MSCI Hong Kong ETF (EWH)

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  • Apr. 14, 2013, 11:01 PM
    Chinese Q1 GDP growth disappoints, rising 7.7% Y/Y vs. 8% expected, and slowing from 7.9% in Q4. March industrial production misses expectations of 10% growth, rising just 8.9%. Retail sales, however, beats forecasts, rising 12.6% vs. 12.3% expected. Asia's taking a bit of a tumble, Shanghai -0.6%, and the Hang Seng -1.6%. The aussie (FXA) slides 0.6% to $1.0463.
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  • Apr. 5, 2013, 4:02 AM
    While Japanese shares rose, stocks in the rest of Asia suffered ahead of U.S. nonfarm payroll data and after weekly jobless claims disappointed yesterday. Hong Kong equities fell sharply amid reports of deaths from avian flu, with airline stocks particularly affected. South Korean shares again dropped as North Korea continued with its brinkmanship, while the weak yen hurt auto shares. Hong Kong -2.6%, China closed, India -0.1%, South Korea -1.6%.
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  • Mar. 22, 2013, 9:02 AM
    Mortgage rates are rising in Hong Kong and it could lead to a 20% drop in property prices over the next 2 years, according to Deutsche Bank. On top of higher rates are government efforts at curbing real estate. Developers are responding - cutting prices along with sales and earnings projections. EWH flat YTD.
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  • Mar. 4, 2013, 6:51 AM
    Shanghai plunges 3.7% after the government further cranks up property tightening measures, with a gauge of property developers falling 9.3%. "When there are new rules like these, it extends far beyond property shares," says an analyst. Industrial Bank -9.1%. FXI -1.8% premarket. Losses extend to Hong Kong, EWH -0.7% premarket, and the States, SPY -0.5%.
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  • Feb. 26, 2013, 7:49 AM
    Chinese banks (CHIX) tumble more than 2% after front-page commentary in the China Securities Journal suggests monetary policy needs to be tightened. Developers (TAO) doubled that decline as another report says Beijing has completed a draft of property tightening measures. The Hang Seng's (EWH) 1.3% slide puts it in the red for the year. Shanghai -1.4%FXI -6% YTD.
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  • Feb. 22, 2013, 7:05 AM
    Along with China renewing its push for property curbs is Hong Kong which last night doubled to 8.5% the transfer tax on property costing more than $258K (likely about 100% of transactions!). This comes following an earlier move to widen the transfer tax to include commercial purchases. EWH +1.9% YTD.
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  • Jan. 18, 2013, 7:52 AM
    FXI +0.6% premarket after China reported speedier than expected Q4 GDP growth overnight. The Shanghai Composite rose 1.4%. The Hang Seng (EWH) +1.1%. A separate report shows home prices rising in 54 out of 70 tracked cities, the most in 20 months. 
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  • Jan. 9, 2013, 10:50 AM
    International allocations are sharply higher at Windhaven Asset Management - an arm of Schwab and the biggest player in ETF-managed portfolios. Favorites are international real-estate ETFs (WPS an example), Hong Kong (EWH) and Germany (EWG). Domestically, the funds are overweight tech (QQQ).
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  • Dec. 31, 2012, 11:56 AM
    More details on iShares' ETF fee hikes: Going to 0.53% from 0.52% (a 1.9% hike) are its Ireland Capped Investable Market Fund (EIRL), Australia Fund (EWA), Canada Fund (EWC), Hong Kong Fund (EWH), Belgium Capped Fund (EWK), Switzerland Fund (EWL), Malaysia Fund (EWM), Netherlands Investable Market Fund (EWN), Spain Fund (EWP), France Fund (EWQ), Singapore Fund (EWS), United Kingdom Fund (EWU), Mexico Investable Market Fund (EWW) and EMU Fund (EZU).
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  • Dec. 31, 2012, 8:47 AM
    More on the iShares price hikes: Mostly targeted for higher fees is the manager's line of single country ETFs - Brazil (EWZ), Japan (EWJ), Australia (EWA), Hong Kong (EWH), Canada (EWC), and Singapore (EWS), just to name a few of the more popular ones.
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  • Dec. 12, 2012, 7:35 AM
    Hong Kong gets a warning from the IMF, which says it's at risk of an abrupt decline in property prices following a doubling over the past 4 years. The property sector, says the IMF, makes up about half of outstanding loans in the banking system there. EWH +25% YTD.
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  • Dec. 4, 2012, 8:56 AM
    Index selection matters. The Shanghai Composite -  trade is limited to mainlanders - makes headlines for hitting multiyear lows, but Hong's Kong's China Index is up 6% YTD, suggesting foreign investors see value. Also helping in Hong Kong is the higher relative weighting of real estate companies (TAO +52% YTD). On the other hand, struggling miners make up a greater weighting in Shanghai.
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  • Nov. 30, 2012, 8:55 AM
    A 3% gain in property developers helps halt a slide in Shanghai, +0.9% overnight, but -4.3% for the month. The Shanghai Composite is off 10% YTD, on track for its 3rd consecutive down year. The only positive group is the Property Index, up 11%. China Real Estate ETF: TAO +58.6%. Hong Kong ETF: EWH +23.9% YTD. There are areas of exposure to China doing very well.
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  • Nov. 29, 2012, 7:08 AM
    Chinese shares fail to join in the global rally, -0.5% and etching out another multi-year low. Leading the decline were the brokerages - already smarting from dwindling volume - now maybe being forced by regulators to significantly slash commissions. In Hong Kong, Goldman unloads its stake in red-hot Geely Automotive (GELYF.PK) at a 7.8% discount to the current price.
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  • Nov. 21, 2012, 7:05 AM
    Jim Chanos once called the bubbly Chinese property market "Dubai on steroids." Well, the Chinese rumor mill is the eurozone on steroids. Chatter Beijing will slash reserve rate requirements on Nov. 25 helps the Shanghai Composite rebound from losses in the last hour of trade, and finish 1.1% higher. The Hang Seng follows along, +1.4%.
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  • Nov. 16, 2012, 7:25 AM
    Hong Kong's Q3 GDP grew 1.3% Y/Y, less than forecasts for 1.7%, but above 1.2% reported in Q2. "The biggest drag on (the) economy is external trade," says an economist, and there's little data suggesting a rebound. The government narrowed its full year growth forecast to 1.2% - the slowest pace since 2009. EWH +19% YTD. 
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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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