Now that the iShares FTSE/Xinhua China 25 Index (ticker FXI) is regularly trading 5 million or so shares per day, it would be fairly easy for a trader to make a living trading just this one basket of
But what is in this index? Note that the China internet stocks (BIDU, FMCN, SOHU, SINA, etc.) and the China solar stocks (LDK, JASO, TSL, YGE, etc.), both recent market darlings, are conspicuously absent from the list. I have included an October 31, 2007 snapshot of the components of the FXI, with all quotes from the Hong Kong Stock Exchange:
Ten companies included in the FXI are also traded on the NYSE with ADRs. For easy reference I offer links to a Yahoo Finance version of that list in an intra-day format and also in the more detailed summary format. At the moment, all ten companies on this list are trading down 2-6% for the day, while the FXI is down 3.4% after hitting a new high of 219.56 during yesterday’s trading session.
When the FXP arrives, I will probably give it a test drive, but not until there is more convincing evidence that the FXI has put in at least a short-term top. At that point, the volume in the FXP may also provide some interesting clues about investor sentiment, specifically the breadth and depth of concern about a bubble in the Chinese stock market. For now at least, there is no reason to believe that the