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China_flag1 March 19, 2010 (Chinavestor) Shares of Chinese companies rose modestly on Friday in Asia, pushing the Hang Seng Index (INDEXHANGSENG:.HSI) and the Shanghai Composite (SHA:000001) to a five week high. But the recovery is fragile amid fiscal tightening as Beijing fights accelerating inflation. Precious metals and mining shares rallied in Shanghai on Friday following news that parent of Aluminum Corp. of China (SHA:601600) (NYSE:ACH) entered into a deal to investing in a Guinea iron-ore project worth $1.35 billion. Shares of the company rose to the +10% daily limit while shares of the largest copper miner, Jiangxi Copper (SHA:600362), rose+2.2%. Shares of China's largest gold miner, Zijin Mining (SHA:601899), advanced +1.6% in Shanghai. But financials lagged as lending curbs and possible interest rate hike shunned prospects for the sector. The Shanghai Composite ended the week +16.5 points or +.54% higher at 3.067.75, still -10% off January highs of 3,300.

Trading in Hong Kong was different from Shanghai. Shares of Aluminum Corp. of China (HKG:2600) advanced "only" +3.3% but airliners continued to lead. Shares of China Southern Airlines (HKG:1055) (NYSE:ZNH) advanced +4.7% followed closely by China Eastern Airlines (HKG:0670) (NYSE:CEA). Chinese airliners have been volatile lately as investors are trying to assess the effects of the cash injection both airliners received from state owned parents. China Eastern Airlines (HKG:0670) announced the addition of 35 plains and a 50% market share of new routes opening up as the summer holiday season begins thanks to a new terminal in Shanghai's largest airport.

China stocks listed in American exchanges enjoyed a bumpy ride on Thursday. Volatility is to remain as earnings roll in, moving small cap China stocks vividly. Shares of China-Biotics Inc. (NASDAQ:CHBT) advanced +13% yesterday reversing a six day losing streak. Chinese airliners outperformed and are expected to do well on Friday on the back of strong showing in Asia. Trading of Semiconductor Manufacturing Int.  (NYSE:SMI) continued to be erratic - though the trend is definitely encouraging. Shares of Trina Solar (NYSE:TSL) fell -11.0% on Thursday as the company is diluting her shareholder base via a secondary issuing of 7.9 million ADRs. But falling oil prices added to TSL's woes sending the whole solar sector lower. Shares of industry leader Suntech Power (NYSE:STP) shed -3.64% on Thursday. Shares of KongZhong Corp. (NASDAQ:KONG) fell -6.5% after a +17% jump a day before. Global Sources (NASDAQ:GSOL) gave back another -4.0% after a better-than-expected earnings related rally earlier the week. Increased volatility is a result of an earnings announcements as investors are trying to get a hold of the finances of these companies.

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Chinese shares listed in U.S. equity markets have been trading in a narrow range lately. The number of China stocks trading above their 50-DMA is on the rise but the trend is slowing. The good news is that most Chinese ADRs are not trading at extremes, the number of overbought or oversold stocks is low. While Friday is expected to be a slower market day, upcoming Monday will be full of action again as Chinese companies continue to report financials. Look for our earnings calendar.

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Chinese indices and ETFs have been trading in a narrow range. The Shanghai Composite Index has started to show signs of support but traders in Hong Kong are less convinced. While U.S. indices remain bullish the rally is going to come to an end as the DJIA celebrated her seventh day up in a row.

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