RTTNews - The China stock market has finished higher now in four straight sessions, gathering nearly 190 points or 7 percent on its way to a fresh 10-month closing high. The Shanghai Composite Index is closing on resistance at the 2,800-point plateau, but analysts predict that the market will instead pull back sharply at the opening of trade on Thursday.
The global forecast for the Asian markets is heavy on pessimism, as many of the bourses are riding lengthy winning streaks and are overdue for a correction. Some uninspired economic data out of the United States adds to the negative sentiment. The European markets finished sharply lower, and the U.S. markets also ended firmly in the red, and the Asian markets are also forecast to move to the downside.
The SCI finished sharply higher on Wednesday, thanks to gains among the financials and the resource stocks.
For the day, the index surged 54.29 points or 1.99 percent to close at 2,778.59 after trading between 2,717.86 and 2,778.68 on turnover of 159.9 billion yuan. The Shanghai A-share index added 57.07 points or 2.00 percent to finish at 2,916.66 on turnover of 159.5 billion yuan, while the Shenzhen A-share index was up 13.62 points or 1.43 percent to close at 967.34 on turnover of 78.2 billion yuan.
Among the gainers, Zhongjin Gold and Shanghai Pudong Development Bank both rose by the 10 percent daily trading limit, while China Merchants Bank gained 7.1 percent, Bank of Communications rose 6.5 percent and Zijin Mining Group rose 4.2 percent.
Wall Street offers a negative lead as stocks snapped a four-day winning streak on Wednesday, seeing a moderate retreat over the course of the trading session. The major averages all moved lower, as traders did some profit taking in reaction to some discouraging economic data.
Earlier in the day, Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP) said that private sector employment experienced another notable decline in the month of May, with the decrease in jobs slightly exceeding economist estimates. ADP said non-farm private employment fell by 532,000 jobs in May following a revised decrease of 545,000 jobs in April. Economists had expected a decrease of about 525,000 jobs compared to the decline of 491,000 jobs originally reported for the previous month.
While a separate report from the Institute for Supply Management showed a slower pace of contraction in the service sector in the May, the index of activity in the sector increased by less than economists had expected. The ISM said its index of activity in the service sector rose to 44.0 in May from 43.7 in April, although a reading below 50 indicates a continued contraction in the sector. Economists had been expecting a somewhat more notable increase to a reading of 45.0.
Additionally, the Commerce Department released data showing a notable increase in factory orders in the month of April, but the increase came after a substantial decline in the previous month and came in slightly below economist estimates.
Traders largely shrugged off comments from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, who said recent data suggests that the economy will likely slow its pace of contraction on the back of improved consumer sentiment and consumer spending. Bernanke also warned of the potentially dire consequences of allowing the deficit to remain high and called on Congress to consider long-term steps for fiscal balance.
While the major averages moved well off their worst levels of the day in late day trading, they remained firmly negative. The Dow closed down 65.63 points or 0.8 percent at 8675.24, the NASDAQ closed down 10.88 points or 0.6 percent at 1825.92, and the S&P 500 fell 12.98 points or 1.4 percent to 931.76.
In corporate news, Tongjitang Chinese Medicines reported first quarter net loss attributable to the company of $1.66 million or RMB 11.36 million, the company said on Wednesday, compared to net income attributable to the company of RMB 11.88 million in the previous year.
Loss per share was $0.01, or RMB 0.08, compared to earnings per share of RMB 0.09 last year. Net loss per ADS was $0.04, or RMB0.32, for the quarter. Quarterly net revenues were $13.20 million, or RMB 90.18 million, lower than RMB 105.78 million in the comparable period a year ago.
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