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Abney And Associates-- Hong Kong shares trim strong 2013 start, China slips - blog

Posted Jan 15 2013 5:47am

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HONG KONG: Hong Kong shares slipped from a 19-month high as investors took profits on outperformers in the past two days after the U.S. Federal Reserve signalled growing concerns about its stimulative monetary policy.

The Fed's asset-purchase programme has been among the chief reasons for the swelling inflows into the Chinese territory that have buoyed markets. Fed reticence about further growing its $2.9 trillion balance sheet could limit capital flows.

The  Hang Seng Index  on Friday went into the midday trading down 0.8 percent from Thursday's highest close since June 1, 2011. The China Enterprises Index of the top Chinese listings slid 1.1 percent after hitting its most overbought levels in more than two years on Thursday.

The CSI300 of the top Shanghai and Shenzhen listings fell 0.6 percent. The Shanghai Composite Index slipped 0.2 percent at the resumption of trade after a three-day New Year holiday in the mainland, starting 2013 on a weaker note after stellar December gains.

"I won't be too worried about the Fed changing their tone at this point, the U.S. economy will need to improve further from here before that will happen," said Wang Ao-chao, UOB-Kay Hian's Shanghai-based head of China research.

"We are coming off overbought levels today. This cyclical-led rally in offshore Chinese shares should continue in the next few weeks, China's improving economic data will help," Wang added.

On Friday, Chinese non-banking financial and coal stocks were among the biggest drags after leading the surge in the first two trading days of 2013 after a last minute U.S. deal averting the fiscal cliff.

Shares of  China Life Insurance  fell 1.9 percent in Hong Kong from Thursday's 18-month high, while  Ping An Insurance , its smaller sector rival, dropped 2.1 percent.

Citic Securities, China's largest listed brokerage, which fell 3.8 percent on Thursday, sank another 4.3 percent on Friday, erasing Wednesday's 6 percent jump.

The mainland's securities regulator said last weekend that it plans to allow eligible securities houses and insurers' asset management units to develop and manage  mutual funds  in a bid to reinvigorate an industry struggling to produce returns for investors.

This follows an announcement last week allowing brokerages to sell subordinated debt and the Chinese central bank pledging to quicken the pace of reform in the financial sector. That news

sent shares of Chinese brokerages soaring last Friday. Shares of Yanzhou Coal in Hong Kong, which had surged more than 10 percent in the first two days of 2013 on rising coal prices, slid 2.3 percent on Friday.

 

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