China Economic Scan Weekly Stockmarket Review

Chinese stocks closed the week up; the Hang Seng lead by a whopping6.5% at 18,171, the TAIEX followed with 2.27%, Shanghai closed up 1.36%to 2633 and Shenzhen was up 0.55% to 10,128.

Chinese stocks closed the week up; the Hang Seng lead by a whopping 6.5% at 18,171, the TAIEX followed with 2.27%, Shanghai closed up 1.36% to 2633 and Shenzhen was up 0.55% to 10,128.

The gains put the Shanghai index up 45% so far this year, with gains for each of the first 5 months of this year. “Ample liquidity and optimism about economic recovery have contributed to the monthly rally,” said Wang Peng, Shanghai-based chief investment officer at First Trust Fund Management Co. “The gains may not last if we fail to see more good economic and corporate data.”

In a very interesting development, the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) said it would end a de facto suspension of initial public offerings (IPOs) on the Shanghai and Shenzhen stock exchanges as of June 5. The CSRC effectively suspended all new stock issues last September, as it halted approvals. New guidelines issued by the CSRC aim to improve the price discovery function of the stock market, and help retail investors subscribe to newly issued stocks.

Enjoyor Technology Group is preparing for listing on the to-be-established Growth Enterprise Board (GEB) of the Shenzhen Stock Exchange (SSE), said an executive of the Chinese intelligentization solution provider. Intel Capital, the investment arm of Intel Corporation invested in the company earlier this year. The company was built in Hangzhou Hi-tech Industry Development Zone, and is engaged in building of intelligent traffic, medical, educational, security, financial and office systems.

Tingyi (Cayman Islands) Holding Corp., China’s biggest maker of packaged food, said profit climbed 43% to a quarterly record on higher instant-noodle and beverage consumption in the world’s third-largest economy. Q1 net income rose to $93 million, from $65 million a year earlier. Sales increased 21% to $1.18 billion. Instant noodle sales gained 12% to $587.7 million in and beverage sales rose 37% to $525 million, Tingyi said.

Xinao Gas Holdings, a distributor of piped natural gas in Mainland China, Executive Director Wilson Cheng said sales would rise by at least 25% each year until 2014. Xinao aims to sell 2.8 billion cubic meters of gas this year, compared with 2.2 billion in 2008. Xinao, based in Hebei province in northern China, forecasts it will connect 750,000 more households to the gas network this year, up to a total of 4.5 million.

Bain Capital may buy as much as 20% of Gome Electrical Appliances Holdings, China’s second-largest electronics retailer, for about $500 million. Bain is apparently competing for Beijing-based Gome with KKR & Co. and Warburg Pincus. Gome’s more than 800 stores in at least 160 Chinese cities make it an attractive target for investors faced with stagnant economies in the U.S., Europe and Japan.

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