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China new bank loans rise in May, but well below forecasts
  + stars: | 2024-06-14 | by ( )   time to read: +1 min
Chinese banks extended 950 billion yuan ($130.93 billion) in new yuan loans in May, rising from April but missing analysts' expectations. Analysts polled by Reuters had predicted loans would rise to 1.255 trillion yuan in May from 730 billion yuan in April, but would still be below the 1.36 trillion yuan issued in the same month a year earlier. The PBOC said new loans totalled 11.14 trillion yuan for the first five months of the year. M2 grew 7.2% in April from a year ago. Outstanding yuan loans rose 9.3% last month from a year earlier compared with 9.6% growth in April.
Organizations: Reuters, People's Bank of, Analysts Locations: People's Bank of China
Gold treads water ahead of U.S. inflation test, Fed decision
  + stars: | 2024-06-12 | by ( )   time to read: +2 min
An employee handles one kilogram gold bullions at the YLG Bullion International Co. headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand, on Friday, Dec. 22, 2023. Gold prices were flat on Wednesday as investors awaited the U.S. Federal Reserve's policy announcement for insights into how soon it will cut interest rates this year and the May inflation report due later in the day. "Gold prices have been treading lightly amid the waiting game for greater cues on the Fed's policy path. Any lean towards two rate cuts could be perceived as a more dovish take, which may see gold prices head higher," said IG market strategist Yeap Jun Rong. Demand for gold in Asia is surging despite prices hovering near the record highs it hit in May, industry officials said.
Persons: Yeap Jun Rong, Jerome Powell's, Tim Waterer Organizations: Co, U.S, Investors, Fed, Strong U.S, People's Bank of, U.S ., KCM Locations: Bangkok, Thailand, U.S . Federal, China, People's Bank of China, Asia
China's central bank has paused gold buying after prices reached record highs. China's gold holdings were unchanged in May, halting an 18-month purchasing streak. Gold prices are up 11% this year due to geopolitical tensions, but have softened from a record high. download the app Email address Sign up By clicking “Sign Up”, you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy . On Friday, official data showed China's gold holdings were unchanged in May from the prior month — which means the central bank did not buy gold.
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SINGAPORE — Singapore is set to become a leading gold hub as trading shifts east, according to the World Gold Council. Singapore's proximity to these central banks, which are actively snapping up gold, is another factor, he added. "The center of gravity of the gold market has shifted east, with Singapore, fortuitously placed as the potential fulcrum of this new balance," Fan said at the Asia Pacific Precious Metals Conference held in Singapore. China is the world's largest gold consumer, and its central bank is the largest buyer of bullion as the country seeks to boost its gold reserves. Among central banks, the People's Bank of China was the largest buyer of gold in 2023.
Persons: Shaokai Fan, fortuitously, Fan Organizations: World Gold, Asia, Precious Metals Conference, People's Bank of Locations: SINGAPORE — Singapore, Asia, Pacific, Singapore, Singapore . China, People's Bank of China
JPMorgan is "positive" on China stocks and "constructive" on its real estate sector as the world's second-largest economy strives to prop up its equity and property markets. JPMorgan's view on China stocks is "tilted in the positive direction," said Wendy Liu, the firm's chief Asia and China equity strategist. Liu, who expects the index to hit 3,900 by the end of the year, said that China market was still "among the cheapest" in Asia Pacific. Mainland China's CSI300 was the third worst performing stock market in Asia, losing 11.38% last year. When asked about the Chinese real estate sector, Liu said it was at an "inflection point," and that JPMorgan was "constructive" on the sector.
Persons: Wendy Liu, Liu, they'll, CSI300, Hong, malpractices . Liu, Wu Qing, Wu, JPMorgan Organizations: JPMorgan, JPMorgan Global China, China Securities Regulatory Commission, People's Bank of China Locations: China, Asia, Jegarajah, Asia Pacific
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Persons: , WePay Organizations: Service, KFC, People's Bank of China, Business, China Post, New China Life Insurance, PICC, Regulators, Yum Locations: Beijing, Wuxi, Jiangsu, Mongolia, China, Gansu, New, Shanghai, Tourism, Yum China
A man walks past the People's Bank of China (PBOC) building on July 20, 2023 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Jiang Qiming/China News Service/VCG via Getty ImagesAsia-Pacific markets mostly rose Monday to kick-start a week packed with economic data from across the region. China, which laid out measures on Friday to boost its property market, will announce its one- and five-year loan prime rates later in the day. The five year LPR is a key reference rate for housing mortgages. Later this week, investors will also look to trade, inflation and business activity data out from Japan, while Singapore will release its April inflation data and final figures for its first-quarter gross domestic product.
Persons: Jiang Qiming Organizations: People's Bank of China, China News Service, Getty Images Locations: Beijing, China, Getty Images Asia, Pacific, Japan, Singapore
China announced "historic" steps to stabilize the crisis-hit property sector on May 17, 2024, allowing local governments to buy "some" apartments, relaxing mortgage rules and pledging to deliver unfinished homes. These and other measures announced Friday marked Beijing's latest efforts to address issues in the massive real estate sector. The real estate companies can then use funds earned from those sales to complete construction on other apartments, the central bank said. Pre-sold, unfinished homesFor years, many apartments in China tended to be sold before construction was finished. Nomura estimated last year there were around 20 million such pre-sold, unfinished apartments in China.
Persons: Zhu Ning, Tao Ling, Xiao Yuanqi, Larry Hu, Dong Jianguo, Lifeng, Zhu, Nomura Organizations: China, Nurphoto, Getty, Tsinghua University, People's Bank of China, National Financial Regulatory, Macquarie, CNBC, of Housing, Housing, Future Publishing Locations: BEIJING, Wanxiang City, Huai'an City, East China's Jiangsu, China
The Chinese government unveiled a raft of measures to stimulate its embattled housing market. It will remove the floor on mortgage rates, offer cheaper housing loans, and lower down payments. download the app Email address Sign up By clicking “Sign Up”, you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy . AdvertisementChinese authorities just announced their biggest effort yet to shore up the troubled housing market. This story is available exclusively to Business Insider subscribers.
Persons: Overbuilding, Organizations: Service, People's Bank of, Business Locations: People's Bank of China
The National Bureau of Statistics is due to release data on retail sales, industrial production and fixed asset investment for April on Friday. Some of the weakness speaks to genuine sluggish demand in China at present. The firm expects this week's economic data releases to show a "softening in economic momentum," affirming its forecasts for the central bank to cut rates by the end of June. "Some of the weakness speaks to genuine sluggish demand in China at present," said Hui Shan, Goldman Sachs' China chief economist, in a note Sunday. Businesses' loan demand fallsNew bank loans to businesses and government organizations dropped sharply in April from March, as did new loans to households, according to official data accessed through Wind Information.
Persons: Hui Shan Goldman Sachs, Louise Loo, Goldman Sachs, Hui Shan, Goldman, RRR, Pan Gongsheng Organizations: Visual China, Getty, BEIJING, National Bureau, Statistics, Reuters, Finance, Oxford Economics, People's Bank of, Information, Clocktower, CNBC Locations: Lianyungang, Jiangsu Province, China, , Beijing, People's Bank of China
download the app Email address Sign up By clicking “Sign Up”, you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy . In today's big story, we're looking at how Corporate America is rethinking its sustainability and diversity efforts amid a push to avoid being labeled "woke." The rallying cry against companies' progressive campaigns is starting to leave a mark on Corporate America. AdvertisementAfter years of big promises and grand plans around social issues like diversity and sustainability, companies have taken a noticeable step back , Business Insider's Emily Stewart writes. The electric car maker axed more than 3,400 job postings in North America down to just three on Wednesday.
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Central banks are on a gold-buying spree, contributing to record-high spot gold prices. Other central banks are also snapping up gold to diversify their assets on the back of a strong greenback. Other central banks are also loading up on gold. Emerging market central banks that bought gold in the first quarter of the year include Kazakhstan, Oman, Kyrgyzstan, and Poland. There are political motivations for central banks to diversify their assets, too.
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Gold retreats as dampened Fed rate cut hopes dent appeal
  + stars: | 2024-04-29 | by ( )   time to read: +2 min
One kilo gold bars are pictured at the plant of gold and silver refiner and bar manufacturer Argor-Heraeus in Mendrisio, Switzerland, July 13, 2022. Gold prices slipped on Monday as hopes for early interest rate cuts this year dampened, while focus shifted to the Federal Reserve policy meeting and U.S. non-farm payrolls data due this week for further clarity on monetary policy. "Short term, gold is facing some challenges given the likely delayed timeline for rate cuts. The Federal Reserve's policy meeting from April 30-May 1 and the non-farm payrolls data due on Friday are key for markets this week. The Fed is seen holding its benchmark interest rate steady at 5.25%-to-5.5% at this meeting.
Persons: Tim Waterer, Jerome Powell, Waterer Organizations: Federal Reserve, KCM Trade, Investors, People's Bank of, Citi Locations: Mendrisio, Switzerland, People's Bank of China
The recent gold rally is counterintuitive, as high interest rates typically make bullion less attractive. But billionaire investor David Einhorn has a theory that he shared in his latest investor letter. Einhorn suggests that gold's rally is potentially due to countries in the East buying gold from Western nations. To explain the strong run for gold, billionaire investor David Einhorn offered a potential theory in his latest letter to investors published this week. Others, like billionaire investor Ray Dalio, say gold can hedge risks stemming from high government debt levels.
Persons: David Einhorn, Einhorn, , there's, David Rosenberg, Ed Yardeni, Ray Dalio Organizations: Service, Federal, Greenlight, World Gold, People's Bank of Locations: China, People's Bank of China, India, Singapore
China's consumers and its central bank are snapping up gold, even as a falling yuan makes the metal pricier. AdvertisementChina's central bank has also been buying up gold, in much larger quantities than Gen Z's few grams of beans. Related storiesIn 2023, China's central bank bought 225 tons of gold, per the World Gold Council. The two economies have been jostled in the top spots for years, but China's buying spree last year put India behind. Advertisement"The amount of central bank buying is not justifying gold prices at current levels," she wrote.
Persons: , It's, Georgette Boele Organizations: Service, Bloomberg, People's Bank of China, Gold, World Gold Council, ABN AMRO Locations: China, China's, India, Poland, Singapore, Germany
Vcg | Visual China Group | Getty ImagesBEIJING — China's latest policy to boost demand will soon have a greater effect on growth, a top official at the economic planning agency told reporters Thursday. "We believe this work will achieve bigger and bigger results," he said in Mandarin, translated by CNBC. He noted that equipment upgrades account for 9% to 10% of total GDP. 'Strong' central government fiscal supportIn terms of fiscal funding for those upgrades, Zhao said the central government would provide "strong support." Part of the equipment upgrade and consumer trade-in policy also focuses on improving standards for the kinds of products that can be used.
Persons: That's, Zhao Chenxin, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Zhao, Bruce Pang, Fu Jinling, Fu, Francoise Huang, We're, JLL's Pang, Shan Zhongde Organizations: Visual China, Getty, BEIJING, National Development, Reform Commission, CNBC, Analysts, People's Bank of, Allianz Trade, Ministry of Industry, Information Technology, Ministry of Housing, Ministry of Commerce, State Administration, Market, China's Ministry of Commerce, Industry, Global Locations: Qingzhou, Weifang City, Shandong Province, China, oversupply, Beijing, JLL, People's Bank of China
U.S. considers easing warnings for Americans traveling to China
  + stars: | 2024-04-10 | by ( )   time to read: +2 min
The U.S. and China flags are seen at the People's Bank of China prior to the arrival of U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen in Beijing on April 8, 2024. Pedro Pardo | AFP | Getty ImagesThe U.S. is considering easing advisories against its citizens traveling to China, Deputy Secretary of State Kurt Campbell said on Tuesday, acknowledging concerns that the warnings may have curtailed exchanges between Americans and Chinese people. The State Department has periodically issued tiered warnings for Americans traveling to China, calling on them to reconsider visits or exercise increased caution due to risks of "arbitrary enforcement of local laws," exit bans and wrongful detentions. Despite China's warnings, hundreds of thousands of Chinese students study in the United States compared with only a few hundred Americans in China. "We have told China directly if this continues, it will have an impact on the U.S.-China relationship.
Persons: Janet Yellen, Pedro Pardo, Kurt Campbell, Campbell Organizations: U.S, People's Bank of, Treasury, AFP, Getty, China Relations, State Department, . Locations: China, People's Bank of China, U.S, Beijing, Washington, Ukraine, United States, Moscow
U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen shakes hands with China's Vice Premier He Lifeng before a dinner in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, on April 5, 2024. U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen comments on China's excess manufacturing capacity seek to rehash "China threat" rhetoric and appear to create a pretext for more protectionist policies from the U.S., Chinese state media said. "Talking up 'Chinese overcapacity' in the clean energy sector also smacks of creating a pretext for rolling out more protectionist policies to shield U.S. companies," Xinhua said. Yellen met with Vice Premier He Lifeng and Guangdong Province Governor Wang Weizhong in Guangzhou after arriving in China late on Thursday. She is to travel on Saturday to Beijing, where she will meet officials including Premier Li Qiang and People's Bank of China Governor Pan Gongsheng through Monday, according to a Treasury press advisory.
Persons: Janet Yellen, Yellen, Guangdong Province Governor Wang Weizhong, Premier Li Qiang, Pan Gongsheng Organizations: Treasury, China's, Xinhua, Lifeng, Premier, People's Bank of China Locations: Guangzhou, U.S, Washington, China, Xinhua, Guangdong Province Governor, Beijing
New bank lending in China fell more than expected in February from a record high the previous month, even as the central bank seeks to spur sluggish economic growth and fight deflationary pressures. New bank lending in China fell more than expected in February from a record high the previous month, even as the central bank seeks to spur sluggish economic growth and fight deflationary pressures. Outstanding yuan loans grew 10.1% from a year earlier — the lowest on record — compared with 10.4% growth in January. Analysts polled by Reuters had predicted new yuan loans would fall to 1.50 trillion yuan in February from 4.92 trillion yuan the previous month and against 1.81 trillion yuan a year earlier. Chinese banks made 6.37 trillion yuan in new yuan loans in the first two months of 2024, data released by the central bank showed on Friday.
Organizations: People's Bank of China, Analysts, Reuters, ING, Consumer Locations: Beijing, China
Retail sales rose 5.5%, better than the 5.2% increase forecast in a Reuters poll, while industrial production climbed 7%, compared with estimates of 5% growth. Investment into real estate fell by 9% in the first two months of the year from a year ago. National Bureau of Statistics Spokesperson Liu Aihua said that real estate remains in a period of "adjustment," according to a CNBC translation of his statement in Mandarin. New loans in February missed expectations and fell from the prior month, "even after adjusting for seasonality," Goldman Sachs analysts said in a report Friday. Chinese authorities did not reveal significant new support for the massive real estate sector during an annual parliamentary meeting that ended last week.
Persons: Liu Aihua, Liu, Ting Lu, Goldman Sachs, Pan Gongsheng, Goldman Organizations: Pudong New, Investment, National Bureau of, CNBC, China, People's Bank of China, Reuters Locations: Dongyu, Qiantan, Pudong, Pudong New Area, Shanghai, China, BEIJING, Real, Beijing
A man walks past the People's Bank of China (PBOC) building on July 20, 2023 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Jiang Qiming/China News Service/VCG via Getty Images China News Service | China News Service | Getty ImagesAsia-Pacific markets were set to fall after producer prices in the U.S. grew faster than expected in February, coming in at 0.6% last month. Excluding food and energy prices, core PPI climbed 0.3% in February. Economists polled by Dow Jones had expected a 0.3% gain for headline PPI and a 0.2% increase for the core reading. Investors in Asia will be watching out for any news from Japan's spring wage negotiations, with first estimates expected to come out later in the day.
Persons: Jiang Qiming, Dow Jones Organizations: People's Bank of China, China News Service, Getty Images China, Service, Getty, PPI, Nikkei, People's Bank of Locations: Beijing, China, Asia, Pacific, U.S, Chicago, Osaka, People's Bank of China, Australia
CNBC Daily Open: No news is good news for Wall Street
  + stars: | 2024-03-07 | by ( Sumathi Bala | )   time to read: +2 min
This report is from today's CNBC Daily Open, our international markets newsletter. CNBC Daily Open brings investors up to speed on everything they need to know, no matter where they are. Stocks regain groundWall Street ended Wednesday's session higher, snapping a two-day losing streak. [PRO] India's promising ETFsTapping India's promising market isn't as straightforward for foreign investors as buying shares listed on the Indian stock exchanges. Portfolio managers highlight one of the simplest routes is through ETFs that specifically track indexes comprised of Indian stocks.
Persons: Jerome Powell, Jerome Powell's, Powell, Shane Jones, who's, Gongsheng Organizations: Federal Reserve, New York Stock Exchange, CNBC, Dow, Nasdaq, Capitol, Microsoft, People's Bank of China Locations: New York City, U.S, China
(Photo by WANG Zhao / AFP) (Photo by WANG ZHAO/AFP via Getty Images)BEIJING — China's top securities regulator vowed to "strictly" crack down on market manipulators, while stating that protecting small investors was a "core task." Wu outlined measures deemed necessary to improve the quality of listed companies and increase returns on investment. They include: encouraging listed companies to improve stability, timeliness and predictability of dividend payouts, stricter delisting rules, and expanding inspections of listed companies. "China's market is the second largest in the world, but it's not as strong," Wu said, adding the recent market volatility exposed deep-seated issues. At the same press conference, Pan Gongsheng, governor of the People's Bank of China, also pledged support for overseas listings for high-quality Chinese companies.
Persons: Wu Qing, WANG Zhao, WANG ZHAO, Wu, it's, Pan Gongsheng Organizations: China Securities Regulatory Commission, National People's Congress, Getty Images, People's Bank of Locations: China, Beijing, AFP, BEIJING, People's Bank of China
China's central bank governor said there was room to further cut banks' reserve requirements, and pledged to utilize monetary policy to prop up consumer prices. BEIJING — China's central bank governor said there was room to further cut banks' reserve requirements, and pledged to utilize monetary policy to "mildly" prop up consumer prices. This is part of Beijing's broader economic policy "adjustments" so the economy can hit its growth target of around 5% for the year, while adhering to a 3% fiscal deficit. For investors in the near term, the primary concern remains how much China's policymakers are focused on ensuring growth. "If China's economy encounters unexpected shocks in the future, or the international environment undergoes unexpected changes, we still have tools in reserve in our policy toolbox," he said.
Persons: Gongsheng, Huang Shouhong Organizations: People's Bank of, State, CNBC Locations: BEIJING, People's Bank of China, China
Photo taken on January 21, 2024 shows a real estate project under construction in Huai 'an city, Jiangsu province, China. CFOTO | Future Publishing | Getty ImagesPolicymakers are doing little to soothe concerns surrounding China's ailing economy, Brian McCarthy, chief strategist at Macrolens told CNBC's "Street Signs Asia" on Wednesday. The latest monetary policy announcement from the People's Bank of China (PBOC) saw the central bank cut the benchmark 5-year loan prime rate by 25 basis points earlier this week. Many observers saw the move as an effort to boost the country's struggling property market, as the majority of mortgages are pegged to this rate. The 5-year loan prime rate cut was a more "aggressive" move within these decisions, he added.
Persons: Huai, Brian McCarthy, Macrolens, CNBC's, Wei Yao, Générale, stabler, McCarthy Organizations: Getty, People's Bank of China, CSI Locations: Jiangsu province, China, Asia
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