China stocks ended at four-day losing streak Thursday – barely. But concerns about the slowing Chinese economy still haunt investors.
The Hang Seng Index in the gateway market of Hong Kong rose a slight 0.2% to 20,902. The index of Chinese companies fell 0.1% to 10,767. Turnover, and momentum, slowed sharply.
The HSBC (HBC) preliminary China PMI for March sank to 48.1, indicating weakness in Chinese manufacturing.
“For the last 3-6 months, we worried about the slowdown in China ’s economy may be more severe than expected,” a Hong Kong analyst told Equities in an email. “Latest figures, officials’ comments, and Billiton comments seem to confirm our view.”
Mining giant BHP Bilton has stated that China’s struggling economy would lead to less demand for iron ore.
The analyst said that even with the recent declines, the market does not fully reflect the slowdown in China.
“I think HSI (Hang Seng) will trend down to 19500 – 20,000 in the next few weeks / months.” He said. “ Short-term, I think HK utilities will out-perform. End
Hong Kong Blue Chips: +45, +0.2%, to 20,902, 03-22-12, Hang Seng Index
Chinese Stocks in Hong Kong: -9, -0.1%, to 10,767, 03-22-12, HSCE Index
Shanghai Stocks: -0.1% to 2,372, 03-22-12, Shanghai Composite Index.
Chinese Stocks in the U.S.: -7.6, 401.2, 03-21-12, Bank of New York Mellon, ADR Index-China
Insight: Weighed down by concerns about the slowing Chinese economy, Hong Kong struggled at the 250-day moving average resistance level (20,780) before posting slight gains when Mainland stocks rebounded from early losses. Big bank ABC (ACGBY) slipped 1%. Chinese private company stocks fell sharply. KGI Research
Quotable: “Short-selling turnover ratio for blue-chips continued to surge. The surge might be due to the increasing hedging demand over the China’s banking stocks.” Core Pacific Yamaichi. 3-22-12
Chinese Company to Watch: “CHINA EB INT’L (257) is engaged in a great variety of environmental energy projects, including waste-to- energy, waste water treatment and alternative energy. In 2011, the Group has secured 59 projects, with a total investment of approx. RMB12bn.” Kingston Securities. 3-21-12
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