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Morning Briefing: China Stock Markets Today

Mar 17, 2017 (China Knowledge) – Half hour into trading Nikkei 225 was down 29 points at 19494.88 as at 08:30 BJT, the same time, Korea KOSPI up 2.1 points to 2152.56.


Last trading day Shanghai Composite Index closed at 3268.94, up 0.84%, the Shenzhen Component Index was 10624.42, up 0.77%, Hang Seng Index increased 2.08% to 24288.28.


As of last Friday, outstanding margin trading and stock lending facilities for SSE and SZE totaled RMB 532.83 billion and RMB 383.76 billion, respectively.


Today's market highlights:


-       China's non-financial ODI down 52.8% YoY to RMB 92.42 billion in the first two months of this year, said the Ministry of Commerce.


-       According to China's MoC, China's utilized FDI hit RMB 58.59 billion in Feb, up 9.2% from a year earlier.


-       The deficit of China's settlement of foreign exchange reached RMB 69.4 billion (US$ 10.1 billion) in Feb, narrowed from an RMB 107.7 billion deficit in Jan, said the SAFE.


-       The PBoC raises short-term lending facility (SLF) interest rates for the third time since the new year. Overnight rates were adjusted up 20 bps to 3.30%, while 7 day and 30 day rates were marked up 10 bps to 3.45% and 3.8% respectively.


-       China's coal output declined 1.7% YoY to 510 million tons in Jan-Feb, while its crude oil output down 8% to 31.44 million tons in the period.


-       Onshore RMB against the USD closed at 6.9003 at BJ closing time yesterday, an increase of 0.19% from the previous trading day.


-       Offshore RMB against the USD closed at 6.8703 at NY closing time, a decrease of 0.33% from the previous trading day.


-       The overnight Shibor rate up 5.41 bps to 2.441% yesterday, while 7-day Shibor rate and 3-month Shibor rate up 3.78 bps and 3.34 bps to 2.6938% and 4.3267%, respectively.

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