Inventory bubble anxieties push Chinese traders from dwelling to Hong Kong

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – As China’s blue-chip index techniques an all-time higher, developing fears about bubbles creating in some components of the country’s stock current market are prodding some buyers to seek out bargains in Hong Kong.

FILE Image: Buyers stand in entrance of an digital board displaying inventory facts on the initially investing working day just after the 7 days-lengthy Lunar New Yr holiday getaway at a brokerage household in Shanghai, China, February 15, 2016. REUTERS/Aly Music

Retail traders have poured money into stocks by using mutual funds, pushing valuations in sectors this kind of as consumer, healthcare and new electricity to multi-calendar year or even report degrees.

For occasion, the CSI new power index has climbed 15% so much this calendar year, following far more than doubling in 2020, many thanks in portion to China’s carbon neutrality pledge.

(Graphic: China’s new vitality, health care and buyer stocks direct gains as the country’s blue–chip index nears a file large, ) (Graphic: Valuations of China’s stock industry darlings surge, )

“There are huge bubbles in client, health and fitness care and liquor shares, with valuations of some of these shares exceeding their preceding history highs,” said Dong Baozhen, chairman of Beijing-centered private securities fund Lingtong Shengtai Financial commitment Administration.

“Their rally has nothing to do with fundamentals now and poses big challenges for buyers,” he added.

In the most current case in point of retail frenzy, a Chinese mutual fund attracted a file $37 billion really worth of trader subscriptions on the initial working day of revenue.

(Graphic: China’s mutual fund marketplace grows fast, )

The rise in inventory charges has been fuelled by overseas and domestic money, as Chinese authorities unleashed huge stimulus to offer with the blow from the COVID-19 pandemic and the country’s financial state recovered more rapidly than others.

As problems boost about frothy valuations, some buyers are turning to more cost-effective Chinese shares outlined in Hong Kong, specially as U.S. exchanges delist these corporations and American buyers are pressured to offload their shares.

“The (U.S.) bans actually notify men and women what excellent belongings are in Hong Kong,” said Xia Tian, managing director at Shanghai-centered asset management business Minvest.

Investor buying by means of Inventory Hook up from the mainland to Hong Kong strike a record large of HK$26.6 billion ($3.43 billion) on Tuesday, and the overall southbound purchases in the new yr strike HK$221.8 billion as of Thursday, in accordance to trade facts.

The Inventory Connect plan provides investors access to both marketplaces when investing in A-shares in the mainland and H-shares in Hong Kong.

Morgan Stanley reckons the robust flows into Hong Kong owe to mainland policymakers’ encouragement of outbound financial investment and an elevated premium of domestic A-shares above the Hong Kong-outlined H-shares. Companies’ A-shares mentioned in China are currently investing at a a lot more than 30% top quality more than their Hong Kong-listed shares.

(Graphic: Mainland traders hunt for bargains in Hong Kong, )


The rally in China’s A-share market place has also been pushed by foreign investment. As of Thursday, overseas investors experienced acquired a total of 48.7 billion yuan ($7.53 billion) value of A-shares by means of the Inventory Hook up this yr, which is presently a fifth of what they acquired in 2020.

UBS expects flows of 200 billion yuan into the A-share sector in 2021, citing advancement in China’s authorized security for buyers, better data disclosure by important shareholders and a lot more capable primary companies in many industries.

(Graphic: International traders ongoing to acquire A-shares in 2020, )

Some traders believe that the exuberance onshore is justified thanks to China’s strong financial recovery, ongoing plan assistance and further more opening up of its capital markets.

“There is no frothiness in major large-cap shares, witnessed as safer bets as China pushes ahead with registration-based mostly IPO reforms in the market place,” explained Wang Mingli, government director of Youpu Investment decision, a Shanghai-primarily based private securities fund.

“Investors would occur back again even later if they reduce publicity for now as there are several solutions out there that represent the country’s future financial progress,” he extra.

($1 = 6.4676 Chinese yuan)

($1 = 7.7517 Hong Kong pounds)

Reporting by Luoyan Liu and Andrew Galbraith in Shanghai Enhancing by Ana Nicolaci da Costa