The Hang Seng Index in Hong Kong plunged 2.2% to 20,806, and the index of Chinese companies tumbled 3.1% to 11,119. Turnover nearly doubled, partly because investors scrambled to sell AIA (AAGIY) stocks after its parent company announced it would sell some holdings.
The Hang Seng had bobbed up and down since surging through resistance at 21,000 to 21,385 February 15. Tuesday it not only fell below 21,000 but also through support at the 250-day moving average (20,897).
The turn below 21,000 was partly a consolidation after a big runup so far this year, according to Peter So, managing director and co-head of research at CCB International. Even after the recent swoon the Hang Seng is up 12.9 % this year.
So also noted that China’s announcement it was scaling back its GDP target for 2012 hurt sentiment, and a stronger U.S. dollar hurt commodity stocks such as those in oil, copper and steel.
But he told Equities, “I expect a rebound. After this consolidation, long-term investors are looking at China and its very low PE. They will begin to accumulate China stocks when the Index is below 21,000.”
The main targets will be stocks that are proxies for the rising A-share market in China, he said. They include securities firms such as Citic Securities (6030.HK) and some properties like China Resources Land (CRBJY). End
Hong Kong Blue Chips: -459, -2.2%, to 20,806, 03-06-12, Hang Seng Index
Chinese Stocks in Hong Kong: -352, -3.1%, to 11,119, 03-06-12, HSCE Index
Shanghai Stocks: -1.4% to 2,410, 03-06-12, Shanghai Composite Index.
Chinese Stocks in the U.S.: -9.5, 409.8, 03-05-12, Bank of New York Mellon, ADR Index-China
Insight: Hong Kong opened lower and extended its losses after Mainland markets fell. Turnover surged as investors unloaded stocks of AIA (1299.HK) after its parent company announced it would sell some of its holdings. Giant bank ICBC (FXI) tumbled 3.8% on rumors large shareholder would sell some of their stocks. KGI Research
Quotable: "Since many stocks were already 'overbought' before the results announcement, investors took the opportunity to unload their shareholding." Core Pacific Yamaichi. 2-6-12
Chinese Company to watch: BJ ENT WATER (371.HK) "It is expected the parent company will inject another 10 sewage treatment project to the Group, helping to strengthen core business development." Kingston Securities. 3-5-12
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