China Seeks to Boost Stock Market as Xi Speech Disappoints
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October 17 2022

Commentary by Eoin Treacy

China Seeks to Boost Stock Market as Xi Speech Disappoints

This article from Bloomberg may be of interest to subscribers. Here is a section:

Chinese regulators are ramping up efforts to support the stock market, which saw little reprieve from President Xi Jinping’s speech amid continued pressure from geopolitical tensions and the Covid Zero policy. 

A series of market-supporting measures are in the pipeline, including proposals to encourage companies to buy back shares and to ease curbs on short-term transactions by overseas mutual funds. In a sign that private firms are heeding the government’s efforts, at least eight mutual funds announced plans on Monday to invest in their own equity products.  

The benchmark CSI 300 Index ended up 0.1%, reversing earlier losses as investors weighed Xi’s speech against the prospect of measures. The Hang Seng Index climbed 0.2%, while a gauge of Chinese stocks trading in Hong Kong also eked out gains. 

Stock investors have been looking for fresh market impetus after suffering losses that have been among the worst in the world. Xi’s renewed pledge for tech self-reliance trigged a rally in the sector’s stocks, but the overall market reaction was muted as he defended the Covid Zero policy and fell short of promising further support for the property sector.   

Eoin Treacy's view

The Chinese authorities will be eager to ensure the market and society at large are deeply supportive of President Xi’s third term in office as well as the economic agenda laid out over the weekend. That suggests at least a near-term low for the CSI 300 has been reached.

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