China stocks ended their five-day rally Thursday as the U.S. Federal Reserve quashed hopes of an imminent rush of stimulus money into the economy. Expectations the European Central Bank would move decisively to prop up the Euro, which set of the rally, also wavered.
And it’s hard to see any dramatic development on the China front to give stocks a big boost according to one analyst.
The Hang Seng Index in Hong Kong had jumped almost 5% since last Thursday, but fell 0.7% to 19,690 in reduced turnover. The index of Chinese companies slumped 1.0% to 9,669.
One observer who has been consistently, and correctly, pessimistic about China stocks this year doesn’t see much hope for a sustained rally the rest of the year.
“On a 6-12 months horizon, it is hard for the HSI (Hang Seng) to advance substantially…,” he told Equities in an email.
The analyst asked that we not use his name or the name of his brokerage. He said the market will “either (i) continue to range trade, (ii) fall substantially due to eruption of the European debt crisis.”
Numerous analysts expect significant Chinese economic loosening measures to spur a turnaround in the economy and stocks. But the observer quoted above begs to differ. He thinks China will give only “lip service” to support of the economy, choosing moderate steps to avoid more inflation and wasted money. China will not make substantial changes in policy until after new leaders are in place next year, he said.
The only possible good news in the near term is the Fed launching a new round of quantitative easing -- QE3.
Otherwise, investors will have to carefully pick the right sectors and stocks to make money, the analyst said. End
Hong Kong Blue Chips: -130, -0.7%, to 19,390, 08-02-12, Hang Seng Index
Chinese Stocks in Hong Kong: -93, -1.0%, to 9,669, 08-02-12, HSCE Index
Shanghai Stocks: -12, -0.6% to 2,111, 08-02-12, Shanghai Composite Index.
Chinese Stocks in the U.S.: -1.2, 368.9, 08-01-12, Bank of New York Mellon, ADR Index-China
Insight: After its recent rally Hong Kong opened lower and continued to drop after the U.S. Fed indicated there would be no QE3 soon. Turnover fell back to the weak range it occupied before the rally. Chinese construction plays retreated: China Railway Construction (CWYCY) -3.5%. KGI Research
Quotable: "HSI will continue to rebound and test the resistance at 20,000." Core Pacific Yamaichi. 8-2-12
Chinese Company to Watch: "The cement industry is in recession now, but with the support of economy stimulus policy from the government in the second half year of 2012, the market demand may rebound and improve the operation results of Anhui Conch (AHCHY)." Phillip Securities. 8-2-12
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