SHANGHAI (Reuters) – The fresh escalation in the long-running Sino-U.S. trade dispute prompted a sharp selloff in Chinese markets last week with the yuan and banking and tech stocks hit particularly hard though some sectors, like farming, managed to outperform.
The market rout came after U.S. President Donald Trump raised tariffs on Chinese imports and Beijing retaliated with tariffs of its own. As result, the yuan is now off 2.5% so far this month.
Currency - Trade - Uncertainties - Outflows - Funds
A weaker currency and trade uncertainties have intensified outflows of foreign funds from the A-share market since April.
Foreign investors are a key part of the country’s equities market, holding a total of 1.68 trillion yuan ($244.41 billion) worth of A-shares as of end-March, up from 1.15 trillion yuan at end-2018, according to latest PBOC data.
May - Investors - Stock - Connect - Worth
As of May 17, foreign investors via the Stock Connect had sold about 36 billion yuan worth of mainland shares in May, snapping a five-month buying streak.
Shares in the four biggest lenders have taken a beating on concerns they will be asked to lend more to prop up the growth.
Resolution - Trade - Dispute - Banks - Asset
“If there is no resolution to the trade dispute, the banks may need to increase lending while trying to maintain asset quality especially after the weak April data,” strategists at Jefferies said in a note.
Chinese banks cut back new lending in April after a record first quarter that sparked fears of more bad loans, but analysts say the central bank will have to sustain policy support through the year.
China - Information - Technology - Telecommunications - Firms
China’s information technology and telecommunications firms, which are heavily reliant on...
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