Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index, which includes heavyweight Chinese companies, rose 1.0% to 21,340, and the index of Chinese companies climbed 1.1% to 11,356. Turnover was thin.
The four-day upturn comes despite recent discouraging economic news from China. The Hang Seng plunged 4.3% from Monday through Wednesday last week after the Chinese premier announced the country’s 2012 GDP target would be cut by half a percentage point. Then over the weekend China announced a larger-than-expected decline in the key export sector.
Still, investors came in after the steep decline, and the index has regained most of the ground lost early last week.
The impetus behind the rise is an influx of money from overseas, according to Peter So, managing director and co-head of research at CCB International. The company is the brokerage arm of giant Chinese bank CCB. The inflow showed up in a stronger Hong Kong dollar as well as in an increase on the stock market, he said.
“I think we will reach higher levels by the end of the week and test 21,500 to 21.700,” So told Equities.
Among the stocks benefitting, he said, will be Chinese financials like major bank ICBC (FXI) and insurance companies like Ping An (PNGAY). Laggards such as China Mobile (CHL) will also advance. End
Hong Kong Blue Chips: +206, +1.0%, to 21,340, 03-13-12, Hang Seng Index
Chinese Stocks in Hong Kong: +130, +1.1%, to 11,356, 03-13-12, HSCE Index
Shanghai Stocks: +0.9% to 2,456, 03-13-12, Shanghai Composite Index.
Chinese Stocks in the U.S.: -0.1, 413.2, 03-12-12, Bank of New York Mellon, ADR Index-China
Insight: Hong Kong blue chips opened 145 points higher and added further gains as overseas money chased heavyweight stocks, including some that will announce results in the next three weeks. KGI Research
Quotable: “Coal shares gained as the market looks forward to the launch of the industry’s twelfth five-year plan this month.” Kingston Securities. 3-12-12
Chinese Company to watch: “CHINA RES CEMENT (CARCY) had 80% of its revenues coming from Guangdong and Guangxi and has strategically entered new regional markets such as Inner Mongolia and Yunnan through acquisitions.Kingston Securities. 3-12-12
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