January 24th, 2012

The Outlook for FXI and Chinese Stocks

From the EconomicTimes of India:

“China’s economy is showing signs of slowing, with foreign investment falling for the second straight month in December and home prices dropping in most cities, the government said Wednesday.

The latest indicators came a day after data showed the economy expanded 9.2 per cent last year, narrowing from 10.4 per cent in 2010, as global turbulence and efforts to tame high inflation put the brakes on growth.”

From USAToday:

“China’s gross domestic product grew at its slowest pace in more than two years in the fourth quarter, and the worst may be yet to come, as weak exports and government tightening ripple through the world’s second-largest economy.

In the final three months of 2011, China’s GDP — the total value of goods and services — increased 8.9% from a year earlier. That was a fourth-consecutive quarter of slowing growth and the slowest expansion since the second quarter of 2009, when the economy grew 8.2%, the Chinese government said Tuesday.

For all of 2011, China’s economy expanded 9.2%, compared with 10.4% the year before.”

And finally, from The Guardian in the U.K.

“China’s economy is also “unstable, unco-ordinated and ultimately unsustainable”, a verdict delivered not by some capitalist running dog on a Canary Wharf trading floor, but by none other than premier Wen Jiabao. Nevertheless, any appraisal of China’s prospects must begin by admitting that the Middle Kingdom is the most astonishing development success story in the world today, and that its three decades of 9%-plus growth have been achieved in the face of widespread scepticism from foreign observers.”<

When we look at a chart of FXI, the ETF of Chinese stocks, we see a classic inverted head-and-shoulder or ascending triangle or any of a number of bottom reversals:

From the above chart it appears that the Chinese market would rebound in sync with the US market ….  should that come to pass.  The extent of that rebound, however, is bound by different constraints than the US market when viewed from a longer-term term perspective:

This short-term inverted head-and-shoulder may signal the beginning of a Chinese market recovery but a complete reversal of its long-term downtrend would also require a cross above a long-term descending trendline stretching back to the heydays of 2007 followed by a cross above the top boundary of what now looks potentially like a multi-year ascending triangle at 46-47.

The near-term inverted head-and-shoulders supports a move to 47 but moves above that need more umph and momentum to overcome their local economic and international trade challenges.

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