Market Turbulence: Hong Kong Stocks Navigate Contrasting Forces Amid Bullish Sentiments and Economic
Hong Kong's stock market experienced a day of fluctuation as optimism among fund managers towards Chinese stocks clashed with concerns about the country's economic recovery. The Hang Seng Index initially saw a positive trend, gaining 0.8%, but later retreated by 0.1% to 17,408.63 during the local noon trading session. The Tech Index recorded a decline of 0.8%, while the Shanghai Composite Index eked out a marginal gain of less than 0.1%.
Key players in the Chinese tech industry faced varied fortunes. Tencent, a major technology conglomerate, saw a 0.9% decrease, settling at HK$307, while Alibaba Group experienced a 1.6% loss, closing at HK$79.35. Rival e-commerce platform JD.com also faced a 1.2% decline, reaching HK$99.60. Meituan, a prominent food delivery platform, registered a 2.5% decrease, closing at HK$108.80. Chipmaker SMIC weakened by 2%, settling at HK$21.75. On a contrasting note, electric vehicle maker BYD managed a 0.7% increase, reaching HK$243.80. Banking giant HSBC led gains among local lenders, climbing 1.6% to HK$58.65. This surge was attributed to expectations that the upcoming US Consumer Price Index data would reveal a cooling of inflation, potentially indicating that interest rates have peaked.
The economic landscape in China raised concerns as October's credit-expansion data fell short of expectations. The People's Bank of China reported that new aggregate financing reached 1.85 trillion yuan, below economists' expectations of a 1.95 trillion yuan increase. Analysts, including those from Nomura, pointed to signs of renewed economic weakness, particularly as the property and export sectors continued to contract.
In contrast to these challenges, certain fund managers, including Cambridge Associates, Franklin Templeton, and Abrdn, have adopted a bullish stance towards undervalued Chinese stocks. They foresee the upcoming Central Economic Work Conference in Beijing next month as a potential catalyst for a positive market turnaround.
The Hang Seng Index's 0.1% decline this month extends a three-month sell-off since July. Ongoing concerns about China's uncertain economic recovery and escalating geopolitical tensions have kept market sentiment cautious. Traders are closely monitoring the forthcoming meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and US counterpart Joe Biden for potential impacts on the market.
Across the broader Asian market, stocks displayed resilience. Japan's Nikkei 225 gained 0.7%, South Korea's Kospi jumped 1.3%, and Australia's S&P/ASX 200 climbed 0.9% ahead of eagerly awaited US inflation data. The intricate interplay of factors continues to shape the landscape of Asian financial markets, keeping investors on their toes.
By fLEXI tEAM