June 28, 2010 (Chinavestor) The DJIA closed Monday at a moderate loss with no direction and light trade. Chinese shares were mixed in Asia earlier today with Hong Kong registering a small advance while Shanghai fell.
June 25, 2010 (Chinavestor) – Stocks calmed down a bit on Friday, at least in the U.S., as the Dow Jones Industrial lost less than 10 points, but the Hang Seng and Shanghai Composite both managed higher percentage losses, tumbling 0.2% and 0.5% respectively. The PowerShares Golden Dragon Halter USX China ETF (NYSE:PGJ) and the iShares/FTSE Xinhua China 25 Index (NYSE:FXI) both added more than 1% while the Claymore/AlphaShares China Small-Cap ETF was also up on the day, although not by much.
Internet giant Baidu (Nasdaq:BIDU) finished the day in the green, but Longtop Financial (NYSE:LFT) could not follow through on yesterday's gain, tumbling more than 1% today. WuXi PharmaTech (NYSE:WX) did follow through on Tuesday's gains, adding almost 2.5% on Wednesday, but volume was just about a third of the daily average.
The online gaming sector was again a mixed bag with Shanda Interactive (Nasdaq:SNDA) tumbling half a percent, but Netease.com (Nasdaq:NTES) gained almost 1% and Shanda Games (Nasdaq:GAME) popped more than 4%. On the other hand Perfect World (Nasdaq:PWRD) plunged almost 5.5% on volume that was more than 50% above the daily average.
Solar was another mixed bag with JA Solar (Nasdaq:JASO) and Trina Solar (NYSE:TSL) booking small gains, but LDK Solar (NYSE:LDK) saw a small loss.
With small-caps, we saw some interesting trade among the usual names with China Nepstar Chain Drugstore (NYSE:NPD) popping more than 5% after Tuesday's 6% loss. Volume in the name was more than 50% higher than the daily average today. Real estate names saw mixed results with China Housing & Land Development (Nasdaq:CHLN) rebounding from Tuesday's decline to gain 4.44% today, but Xinyuan Real Estate (NYSE:XIN) lost 1%. Breaking the tie was the Claymore/AlphaShares China Estate ETF (NYSE:TAO), which gained almost 1%.
Some of yesterday's biotech winners became biotech losers today with Tiens Biotech (NYSE:TBV) and Sinovac Biotech (NYSE:SVA) losing 2.2% and 1.6%, respectively. Agriculture name Agria (NYSE:GRO) built on yesterday's gains by adding another 2.6% today, but American Dairy (NYSE:ADY) tumbled 2.3%, showing no follow through on Tuesday's bullish trade.
A-Power Energy Generation Systems (Nasdaq:APWR) and China Fire & Security (Nasdaq:CFSG) continued to see some bearish trade as both names finished lower on Wednesday. China GrenTech (Nasdaq:GRRF) was another named that followed through on the downside, dropping more than 3% after yesterday's loss of 5.6%. CDC Corp. (Nasdaq:CHINA) did rebound today, gaining almost 4.4% on decent volume.
Among large-caps, solar stocks had a black cloud hanging over them today with JA Solar (Nasdaq:JASO) and LDK Solar (NYSE:LDK) both losing more than 6%. Trina Solar (NYSE:TSL) didn't fare much better, tumbling almost 5%.
June 21, 2010 (Chinavestor) It was another interesting day for stock investors world wide. News that China will let its current appreciate against the dollar spurred investors' optimism in Asia, sending the Shanghai Composite Index (SHA:000001) 2.8 percent higher for the day while the Hang Seng Index (INDEXHANGSENG:.HSI) advanced 3.0 percent. European and U.S. exchanges opened higher but much of the optimism eroded by the end of the day in the U.S., prompting the DJIA to surrender all early morning gains. Alcoa Inc. (NYSE:AA) was the best performing component of the DJIA as commodity and energy prices rose. Aluminum Corp. of China (NYSE:ACH), the third largest aluminum maker of the world, ended the day 4.0 percent higher. China Unicom (NYSE:CHU) rose 6.4 percent while Yanzhou Coal (NYSE:YZC) advanced 4.24 percent. Chinese airliners were on fire; China Eastern Airlines (NYSE:CEA) and China Southern Airlines (NYSE:ZNH) surged 5.5 percent and 5.4 percent, respectively.
China Unicom (NYSE:CHU), the second largest Chinese mobile carrier, jumped 9.1% in Hong Kong and rose 6.4% in New York following May operational statistics revealing that 3G growth outstripped 2G growth for the first time.
Besides energy companies, Chinese airliners gave boost to the Shares FTSE/Xinhua 25 China Index (NYSE:FXI). Airliners have been returning to profitability world wide and with a stronger yuan, disposable income for ordinary Chinese is on the rise, suggesting more leisure and business travel is likely to follow. China Eastern Airlines (NYSE:CEA), the second largest Chinese carrier after swallowing Shanghai Airlines earlier in 2010, rose 5.6% followed by China Southern Airlines (NYSE:ZNH).
Petrochina Co. Ltd. (NYSE:PTR), a Hang Seng Index (INDEXHANGSENG:.HSI) heavy weight, rose 2.04 percent for the day.
Small cap stocks remained volatile. UTStarcom (NASDAQ:UTSI) announced a strategic partnership with China Merchants Bank (HKG:3968), sending its shares 15.8 percent higher by the close. Online gamers outperformed as well - NetEase.com (NASDAQ:NTES) rose 9.8 percent followed by the9 Ltd. (NASDAQ:NCTY). Perfect World (NASDAQ:PWRD) surrendered some of its early morning gains but closed 5.01 percent higher for the day.
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Ctrip.com (NASDAQ:CTRP), another travel company, rose 7.6% for the day as online travel bookings and packaged tours are expected to rise on the wake of the stronger yuan.
Less fortunate China Precision Steel, Inc (NASDAQ:CPSL), Silvercorp Metals (NYSE:SVM) and WuXi Pharmatech (NYSE:WX) fell six percent for the day. Their weak performance took a toll on the Claymore/AlphaShares China Small Cap ETF (NYSE:HAO) on Monday.