China stocks boosted by builders
Statistics bureau says profit growth at industrial firms accelerated last month
China’s State-backed builders extended a rally on Tuesday while energy firms dropped, amid thin year-end trading in the world’s secondbiggest stock market.
The Shanghai Composite Index closed 0.3 percent lower at 3,114.66. China Gezhouba Group Co and Shanghai Tunnel Engineering Co rose, while the coal miner Guanghui Energy Co slipped. The Shenzhen Composite Index added 0.1 percent. Hong Kong’s markets were closed as the city wrapped up a four-day holiday weekend.
Profit growth at industrial firms in China accelerated last month, the National Bureau of Statistics said on Tuesday, a day after the Ministry of Transport helped lift shares in construction firms by announcing plans to spend 1.8 trillion yuan ($259 billion) on highways and waterways in 2017.
The government will also promote asset securitization in public-private partnership projects in infrastructure, the National Development and Reform Commission and the securities regulator said on Monday.
“The joint notice ... was beyond market expectations and should be a catalyst for further development of public-private partnership projects next year,” said Zhou Song, Shanghai-based analyst at Chang jiang Securities Co.
“It would help make the projects more attractive to private capital, which in turn supports infrastructure con- struction.”
Industrial profits rose 14.5 percent in November from a year earlier to 774.6 billion yuan, the statistics bureau said. That compared with the 9.8 percent increase in October. Earnings in the first 11 months climbed 9.4 percent to 6.03 trillion yuan.
Dam builder and cement producer China Gezhouba Group advanced 2.6 percent, Shanghai Tunnel Engineering rose 1.9 percent, China Railway Construction Corp added 0.8 percent while Guanghui Energy and Shaanxi Coal Industry Co slipped 0.4 percent.
Benchmark Qinhuangdao coal prices fell for a seventh week to an average of 639 yuan per metric ton, accord- ing to data from the China Coal Transport & Distribution Association.
Shanghai’s benchmark gauge has fallen 4.2 percent in December, paring its gains for the fourth quarter to 3.7 percent. The index is down 12 percent in 2016, set for its biggest loss in five years.
Volume on the CSI 300 was 46 percent lower than the 30-day average for the time of day.
Sealand Securities Co has signed agreements with seven institutions involved in a scandal related to bonds with forged seals, according to a statement given to the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. The company plans to sign pacts with other parties as soon as possible.
It would help make the projects more attractive to private capital, which in turn supports infrastructure construction.” Zhou Song, a Shanghaibased analyst at Changjiang Securities Co
Trading in the companies’ shares has been halted since a former employee was found to have forged a seal to conduct bond trading, an episode that has worried the bond market. A similar problem has been found at China Guangfa Bank.
The Hang Seng Index has lost 5.3 percent in December and tumbled 7.4 percent in the fourth quarter. The gauge is down 1.6 percent this year.
Hong Kong may report 34,700 registered sales of used-homes in 2016, fewer than the 2003 low of 35,630, Centaline Property Agency said on Monday. A measure of property companies listed in the city has fallen for 10 days, its longest losing streak since August 2015.
People wait to cross a street in front of an electronic stock indicator of a securities firm in Tokyo. Shares are mixed in Asia as the last week of trading for the year began on Tuesday after most markets were closed for Christmas. In the Chinese mainland stock market, the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index declined 0.3 percent on Tuesday.