China stocks outperform on their return

Strong Chinese PMI boosts China equities

China equities are playing catchup this morning, after returning from an 8-day holiday. The Caixin PMI data has seen the Shanghai Composite and CSI 300 climb sharply by 1.50% initially, boosted by robust real-time data from the holiday break, and property developer Evergrande dodging another debt bullet. US index futures have also risen in early Asia, likely supported by the strong China open.

Elsewhere though, the rest of Asia is definitely in wait-and-see mode, preferring to insulate themselves from the random risks associated with the Presidential Twitter account. Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Jakarta and Singapore are ranging each side of unchanged quietly. Even the perpetual optimists of Australia have paused for thought today, perhaps with one eye on their national rugby team’s impending smashing by the New Zealand All Blacks tomorrow, with the ASX and All Ordinaries almost unchanged.

We expect the initial jump in China to run out of steam later in the session, and for the mainland, stocks to also move into wait-and-see mode. Although the US major indices rose between 0.50% and 0.80% overnight, predicting the US president is firmly in the too hard box for the rest of the world.

The fact that Mr Mnuchin and Ms Pelosi are talking again was enough to inspire a modest gain in US equities overnight. Hopes remain that a fiscal stimulus package could emerge before the election. Although, realistically, it would take a titanic effort to make that happen before the election date. Still, it’s the thought that counts. Markets head into the end of the week in a positive frame of mind after a schizophrenic week. Movement on the US stimulus package would be market positive, but markets outside the US won’t react until they see ink on paper, or at least a joint statement from Mnuchin and Pelosi.

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Jeffrey Halley

Jeffrey Halley

Senior Market Analyst, Asia Pacific
With more than 30 years of FX experience – from spot/margin trading and NDFs through to currency options and futures – Jeffrey Halley is OANDA’s senior market analyst for Asia Pacific, responsible for providing timely and relevant macro analysis covering a wide range of asset classes. He has previously worked with leading institutions such as Saxo Capital Markets, DynexCorp Currency Portfolio Management, IG, IFX, Fimat Internationale Banque, HSBC and Barclays. A highly sought-after analyst, Jeffrey has appeared on a wide range of global news channels including Bloomberg, BBC, Reuters, CNBC, MSN, Sky TV, Channel News Asia as well as in leading print publications including the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, among others. He was born in New Zealand and holds an MBA from the Cass Business School.
Jeffrey Halley
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