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Tuesday Turmoil – China Sells Off, Weather Gets Cold

Posted on the 12 January 2021 by Phil's Stock World @philstockworld

China's stock benchmark falls from 13-year highThe weather isn't the only thing turning cold.

Chinese stocks fell the most in three weeks, led by consumer shares and commodity producers, amid concern valuations for the most popular stocks were stretched and as metal prices slumped.  The CSI 300 Index dropped as much 1.5% before paring losses to 1% at the close. Gauges tracking energy, consumer staples and materials producers slumped more than 2%.

Some 39 Chinese companies both domestically and offshore defaulted on nearly $30 billion of bonds in 2020, pushing the total value 14% above 2019’s.  Defaults by Chinese companies are likely to top last year’s record as tighter monetary policy squeezes borrowers, according to China Merchants Securities Co.

Tuesday Turmoil – China Sells Off, Weather Gets Cold
“The central bank will implement more prudent monetary policies this year,” said Yuze Li, a credit analyst at China Merchants Securities. “More companies may face refinancing pressure. As the maturities jump, the default amounts will climb by an estimated 10%-30% from the previous year,” he said, referring to both onshore and offshore defaults.

In the dollar-bond market, the financial sector accounted for about 43% of total defaults, followed by technology and energy. ?Five state-linked companies defaulted for the first time in the onshore bond market, the most since 2016.

Meanwhile, Global Warming is making us cold as it disrupts the normal air currents and sends the frigid air mass that usually circles the arctic down to the Northern Hemisphere which is, as they say in acedemia, bad.  The icy blasts threatening to sweep across North America, Europe and Asia starting in late January are from the same weather pattern that triggered the 2014 cold snap known as the polar vortex, which plunged temperatures in Chicago to minus 16 degrees Fahrenheit.

Enjoy your outdoor dining!

Tuesday Turmoil – China Sells Off, Weather Gets Cold
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