Headline indices of the Hong Kong share market were marginally lower on Tuesday, 11 September 2018, after trimming early losses hit by lingering concerns on trade frictions and turmoil in emerging markets, thanks to bargain buying in beaten down stocks on tracking rebound in Mainland A-share market. In afternoon trade, the Hang Seng Index edged down 6.50 points or 0.02% to 26,606.92. The Hang Seng China Enterprises Index fell 34.07 points or 0.33% to 10,399.55. The sub-index of the Hang Seng tracking the Commerce & Industry sector fell 0.67%, while the financial sector was 0.37% up, properties sector added 0.4%, and Utilities sector rose 0.14%.
The Hang Seng Index's is on the brink of a bear market, extending its loss since a January peak to almost 20%, as the worsening US-China trade dispute prompted investors to pull out of riskier assets. The escalating trade war between China and the US, a decrease in buying by mainland Chinese investors and recent economic woes in such developing economies as Turkey and Indonesia are among factors that have unnerved investors.
Traders stayed on the sidelines amid lingering trade concerns after President Donald Trump ramped up trade tensions with China, suggesting he may impose tariffs on another $267 billion worth of Chinese goods. China's Commerce Ministry has warned it will roll out retaliatory measures if the U. S. imposes any new tariffs.
US President Donald Trump had warned on Friday he was ready to slap tariffs on virtually all Chinese imports into the United States, threatening duties on another $267 billion of goods on top of $200 billion in imports primed for levies in coming days. China had said on Friday it will increase export tax rebates for 397 items ranging from some steel products to electronic ones, in a bid to boost the prospects for shipments amid its trade war with the United States. China's trade surplus with the United States widened to a record in August even as the country's export growth slowed slightly, an outcome that could push President Donald Trump to turn up the heat on Beijing in their cantankerous trade dispute.
Data released over the weekend showed China's trade surplus with the US rising to a record in August, though overall export growth slowed. More economic figures released Monday showed China's consumer price index rose 2.3% in August, while producer prices rose 4.1%. gThe CPI growth rate is still lower than the government's 3% target, but the rising trend is causing worries. Rising inflation is always a bad sign for the market, as the government could be reluctant to announce more easing in case inflation picks up.
Chinese and Hong Kong equity markets are among the worst-performing in the world this year, as concerns over trade tensions, a weaker yuan and signs of a slowing economy weigh on investor sentiment. The liquid nature of Hong Kong's market also makes it vulnerable to jitters in emerging markets as investors sell their holdings in the city first.
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CS lowers Dongfeng Motor to HK$9-- Credit Suisse lowered its target price for Dongfeng Motor (DFM)(00489) to HK$9 from HK$9.84, and maintained its "neutral" rating. The research house said DFM's August passenger vehicle total sales volume declined 13% YoY, which was worse than the overall market's 3% YoY drop.
CS trims Great Wall Motor to HK$6.7-- Credit Suisse lowered its target price for Great Wall Motor (GWM)(02333) to HK$6.7 from HK$8.2, and maintained its "outperform" rating. The research house said GWM's August sales volume declined 13% YoY to 64,096 units, which was worse than overall passenger vehicle market's 3% YoY drop. The decline was mainly caused by weak performance of middle-size SUV products - H2/H6 families down 47%/32% YoY.
China State Cons 8-month contract value up 14.2% -- China State Construction International Holdings (03311) said it recorded an accumulated new contract value of HK$82.51 billion in the eight months ended 31 August 2018, representing a 14.2% year-on-year growth. Hence, it achieved a 68.8% completion of the full year target of 2018 (which has been revised up to no less than HK$120.0 billion).
Huadian Fuxin August power generation up 3.7%-- Huadian Fuxin Energy (00816) said its gross power generation for August amounted to 3.64 million MWh, an increase of 3.7% over the corresponding period of 2017. For the first eight months of 2018, the accumulated power generation amounted to 29.41 million MWh, an increase of 7% from the same period last year.
OFFSHORE MARKET NEWS:US stock market closed mixed on Monday, as traders seemed reluctant to make any significant moves amid a lack of major U. S. economic data and lingering trade concerns after President Donald Trump ramped up trade tensions with China last Friday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 59.47 points or 0.2% to 25,857.07, while the Nasdaq rose 21.62 points or 0.3% to 7,924.16 and the S&P 500 inched up 5.45 points or 0.2% to 2,877.13.
The major European stock markets ended higher on Monday. The U. K.'s FTSE 100 Index closed just above the unchanged line, the German DAX Index edged up by 0.2% and the French CAC 40 Index rose by 0.3%.
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