China investors pump record cash into Hong Kong stocks as rally teeters
Net flows into Hong Kong’s stock market swelled to 70 billion yuan (RM43.5 billion) this month, the most since China opened the first investment channel to the city’s shares in 2014. That’s seen the Hang Seng Index jump 3.3 per cent in November as heavyweights Tencent Holdings Ltd and Ping An Insurance (Group) Co helped it touch a decade-high.
But despite the vote of confidence from across the border, signs of fatigue are growing.
After failing to hold gains above the key 30,000-point level, the Hang Seng headed Thursday for its steepest four-day decline in two months.
With only one month left in 2017, investors may look to cash in some of their winnings from the index’s 33 percent rally this year. On top of that, there’s concern China will curb the pace of flows into Hong Kong equities.
“The benchmark may have hiked too fast,” said Linus Yip, a strategist at First Shanghai Securities in Hong Kong. “Funds are likely to become less aggressive and take profit toward year-end as they probably have achieved full-year targets.”
The Hang Seng was down 1.2 per cent as of 1.29pm local time, as some of the month’s best performers slumped following the US tech selloff. Ping An slid 2.5 per cent, while Tencent — which has more than doubled in value this year — lost 2.3 per cent. AAC Technologies Holdings Inc retreated 4.6 per cent, paring its monthly advance to 12 per cent.
This week’s wider pullback was triggered in part by concerns Beijing is growing uncomfortable with the large flows from the mainland into Hong Kong.
China’s securities regulator has stopped approving mutual funds that plan to invest mainly in Hong Kong stocks, people briefed on the matter said earlier this week. The authorities may be concerned that mainland demand has grown too frenzied, according Thomas Kwan, chief investment officer at Harvest Global Investments Ltd in Hong Kong.
Still, Chinese investors face few appealing alternatives.
Markets on the mainland have performed poorly in November, with the Shanghai Composite Index falling 1.9 per cent in its worst month since April. Concern about a bond rout — 10-year government yields are near three-year high — and government efforts to cool gains in some of the top performers have worsened sentiment toward domestic equities. — Bloomberg
Source: The Malay Mail Online