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16 July 2012

What happened?

As had been the case in the preceding week, the week to Friday July 13 bought mixed fortunes to investors in China's A share markets. Over the week, the SSE Composite and the CSI 300 indices dropped by 1.69% and 0.89% respectively. By contrast, the SZSE Component index gained by 1.06%. Although some recently published economic data has pointed to a slowing in activity, many investors have been encouraged by the aggressive easing in monetary policy of the People's Bank of China (and by other official initiatives to promote growth).  Although most of the Shenyin & Wanguo (SW) sector indices lost ground last week, defensive sectors such as tourism, food & beverages rose. Along with agriculture & forestry, these were the only SW sectors whose indices advanced both last week and in the week to Friday July 6.



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