China Stock Watch 29/1/14

Another day of mostly moderate rises on the back of relief after the non-default – or, more precisely, that default that was paid up for by various institutions, governmental and otherwise. Only two stocks fell on the day: PetroChina fell 0.13% to RMB7.55, while Noble Group lost 0.52% to SG$0.965. China Telecom did best on the day, rising 1.97% to HK$3.63. Close behind was ICBC, up 1.47% to RMB3.44 (as investors breathed a sigh of relief).

The aversion of a default, of course, does not solve any of the problems surrounding the shadow banking industry and the subsequent likely defaults ahead. It speaks of a particular, and deserved, nervousness around the quality of the financial infrastructure in China. The unwillingness to allow, or come to terms with, zombie loans and zombie institutions, to embrace “creative destruction”, is all too reminiscent of the Japanese bubble experience. The relief of the markets may be genuine, but it is also artificially-induced, delaying the reckoning at risk of further infection.

The Shanghai Composite rose to 2,049.91, gaining 11.40 points (+0.56%)

Name Price Change Mkt cap 52wk high 52wk low EPS P/E
Sinopec 4.5 +0.01 (0.22%) 524,543.91M 7.03 4.05 CN¥0.62 7.32
PetroChina 7.55 -0.01 (-0.13%) 1.38B 9.5 7.08 CN¥0.68 11.17
ICBC 3.44 +0.05 (1.47%) 1.21B 4.53 3.33 CN¥0.74 4.68
China Construction Bank 3.96 +0.03 (0.76%) 990,043.48M 5.19 3.8 CN¥0.85 4.68
Agricultural Bank 2.4 +0.03 (1.27%) 779,505.91M 3.28 2.35 CN¥0.50 4.78
Bank of China 2.52 +0.03 (1.20%) 703,998.67M 3.26 2.45 CN¥0.53 4.75
China Mobile 74.35* 0.00 (0.00%) 1.49B 89.2 74.25 HK$8.21 9.05
Noble Group 0.965 -0.005 (-0.52%) 6,395.13M 1.27 0.785 SGD0.04 26.39
China State Construction 3.04 +0.01 (0.33%) 91,200.00M 4.18 2.9 CN¥0.62 4.94
CNOOC 12.24* +0.08 (0.66%) 546,484.85M 16.52 12.04 HK$1.90 6.45
China Railway Construction 4.16 +0.02 (0.48%) 51,324.17M 6.25 3.95 CN¥0.84 4.94
China Railway Group 2.45 +0.01 (0.41%) 52,184.76M 3.36 2.3 CN¥0.44 5.59
SAIC Motor 13.09 0.00 (0.00%) 144,324.67M 19 11.83 CN¥2.05 6.38
China Life Insurance 13.89 +0.07 (0.51%) 392,596.76M 22 12.88 CN¥0.97 14.37
Dongfeng Motor 11.76* +0.06 (0.51%) 101,325.57M 13.28 9.48 HK$1.38 8.53
China Shenhua 14.06 +0.03 (0.21%) 279,648.07M 25.28 13.97 CN¥2.25 6.25
Ping An Insurance 39.27 +0.11 (0.28%) 310,866.90M 53.27 31.69 CN¥3.45 11.39
China Telecom 3.63* +0.07 (1.97%) 293,784.51M 4.32 3.48 HK$0.26 14.02
China Communications Construction 3.85 +0.02 (0.52%) 62,272.73M 5.79 3.74 CN¥0.81 4.76
Bank of Communications 3.8 0.00 (0.00%) 282,198.36M 5.68 3.65 CN¥0.84 4.51
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