China economy slows more than expected in July

The Chinese government reported today that the country’s economy slowed more than expected in July. Retail sales were crimped by tough new virus restrictions introduced toward the end of the month to contain fresh outbreaks. Retail sales rose by 8.5% near over year. Analysts had expected growth of 10.9%.

Selling Meituan and Naspers to cut China exposure

Selling Meituan and Naspers to cut China exposure

Last Wednesday, July 28, Chinese financial regulators told big investors–banks and investment groups heavily exposed to China’s stock market–not to worry. China’s financial markets were sound and despite the fears engendered by the government’s crackdown on the country’s private, for-profit, education companies, the government was not looking to reverse decades of growth by companies in China’s private sector. The meeting worked. Stocks of companies like Meituan (MPNGF), China’s dominant food delivery company (with ambitions to become a full-range e-shopping competitor) rose to $30.07 on the day from $26.00 the day before. But the reassurance worked for only a few days. Today, August 3, for example, Meituan was back in the red, falling 4.48% to $26.95 to erase almost all of its “re-assurance” bounce. Today, I’m selling Meitun and Naspers (NPSNY), a South African company with a huge position in China’s Tencent Holding (TCEHY) out of my Volatility and Jubak Picks Portfolios, respectively.

China cracks down on Internet ride app DiDi just days after its New York IPO

China cracks down on Internet ride app DiDi just days after its New York IPO

Just so nobody thinks China’s government is finished with its crackdown on the country’s big Internet technology companies… Two days after DiDi Global (DIDI), China’s dominant Internet ride-hailing platform, went public on Wall Street, China’s Internet regulator suspended new user registrations on the platform while the government conducted a “cybersecurity review” of the company.

China powers “risk on” rally

China powers “risk on” rally

Chinese stocks are burning up the track--and that has led the way to a shift toward "risk on" assets across global markts. Today alone the Shanghai Composite Index was up 5.71% as of noon New York Time. This continued as streak that has seen the CSI 300 Index gain 14%...