Chinese stocks set to end 9-day winning streak

Reuters Shanghai | Updated on January 24, 2018 Published on March 24, 2015

Chinese stocks fell on Tuesday, with investors taking profits after nine straight days of gains, after a survey showed manufacturing activity contracted, but futures markets showed the market remains bullish in the medium term.

Activity in China’s factory sector dipped to a 11-month low in March as new orders shrank, adding to signs that the economy has lost momentum despite two interest rate cuts and other policy easing measures since November.

The CSI300 index fell 1.3 per cent to 3,920.18 points at the end of the morning session, while the Shanghai Composite Index lost 1.4 per cent to 3,638.07 points, but both remained near their highest levels since 2008.

“The weak HSBC flash (reading) may exert some corrective pressure on economy-related stocks such as banks, steel and construction materials, but overall the potential for a sharp fall in the main indices are not likely,’’ said Xiao Shijun, analyst at Guodu Securities in Beijing.

“This is mainly because China is still in a monetary easing cycle and regulators have repeatedly pledged to support the stock market. As a result, sentiment remains robust, preventing a deep correction despite the market's recent rally.’’

Monetary stimulus

Indeed, mainland stock investors have been celebrating economic bad news as it has been seen as strengthening the case for deeper and more profound liquidity injections and stimulus going forward. The rally which began in late November was set off by a surprise interest rate cut.

Investors see further gains to come. China CSI300 stock index futures for April fell 0.9 per cent to 3,951, but are still trading 30.82 points above the current value of the underlying index, and contracts for September are still pricing over 4,000 points.

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index dropped 0.6 per cent to 24,343.99 points. The Hong Kong China Enterprises Index lost 1.8 per cent to 11,965.29.

Published on March 24, 2015
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