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The Chinese Market Has Probably Bottomed Out

Published 03/17/2022, 08:49 AM
Updated 03/21/2024, 07:45 AM
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Chinese indices were experiencing their sharpest rally yet on Wednesday amid reassurances from officials that the stock market was going to be supported. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng jumped 12%, China’s China A50 was gaining more than 8.5%, while China H-Shares soared over 20% in less than two days.
Hang Seng Index got strong support on multiyear low
These indices have been under increased pressure in recent weeks, getting maximum pressure this week. On Tuesday, major Chinese indices fell fastest since March 2020, rewriting multi-year lows.

Market support from officials came a day after the release of upbeat macro data, indicating a jump in retail sales and industrial production. At the same time, stock market dynamics fundamentally diverged from the economy, and there was a near point where stock volatility was already causing material disruption to the economy.

The China H-shar gained support today after sinking to the lows of late 2008, losing more than half of its price in just over a year of steady decline. The Hang Seng index touched lows since 2016 and areas of market support in 2012 at the peak of Tuesday’s decline.

However, Chinese policymakers have worked hard to prevent the sell-off from turning into a self-sustaining spiral over the past two days. Yesterday’s China-US talks saw a positive reaction from the sides, forming a more than 4.5% bounce for the Hang Seng during the European trading session.

This momentum was boosted on Wednesday morning after Vice Premier Liu He indicated that China was considering a package of measures to support the economy and financial markets. Soon the People’s Bank of China stated that it would help the stock market with other agencies.

Such words sent a message to the market that the levels reached yesterday were a pain point for the Chinese authorities, from where they were ready to step up efforts to support the markets.

Yesterday, we likely saw the bottom of the Chinese indices for many months to come, despite the potentially negative fallout for stock prices caused by Fed and other major central banks' rate hikes. There seems to be too much pessimism and wariness embedded in Chinese valuations after more than a year of declines.

The FxPro Analyst Team

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