Sorry for the late post today. I was up too late last night to get an early start on the day. Here’s the news out of China.
- In overnight trading, the major China indexes dropped a bit after Wall Street’s huge run up. The Shanghai A shares were off .51%- the Bs off .38% in lackluster trading.
- BIDU was up about $10 in trading yesterday. Subscribers were able to sell calls against their position for the 3rd time after two profitable trades in the last two weeks. Subscribe if you want to learn about this.
- Yesterday’s 300 point rally on Wall Street was fueled by perceptions there could be a “QE3″ coming out of the economic meeting in Jackson Hole this week. However, China also played a big part in fueling the rally. A manufacturing report out of China showed moderate slowing, but still enough manufacturing to maintain GDP growth in the 8% to 9% range.
- Commodities were all higher on the news- oil and copper leading the way.
- Yesterday it was widely reported China has now surpassed the US as the largest consumer of PCs in the world. 18.5 million PCs were sold in China in Q2 vs 17.7 million shipped to the US. China is expected to consume 85.1 million units next year compared to 76.6 million for the US.
- Harvard Economist Martin Feldstein believes the Chinese will allow the RMB to rise more rapidly over the next 12 months than it has in the past 12. Feldstein believes this will mitigate the risks in China’s foreign investments, and reduce the costs of imports, thereby reducing inflation.
- One final note- VP Joe Biden, who has been on a trip to China to reassure the Chinese our bonds are good, not surprisingly goofed up the numbers on our treasuries. In a speech, he claimed we had good reason to watch out for our bonds as the US owns 85% of them- this is simply wrong. We only own 69%. China holds 8%- he got that right. Way to go Joe.