Sunday, August 16, 2009

Chart of the Week: China Through the Eyes of FXI

One of the biggest stories of 2009 is turning out to be the rapid rebound in the China, both for the economy and for Chinese stocks.

Second quarter GDP was up 15% quarter-over-quarter in China and industrial production is up 10.8% year over year through July. A number of other statistics also show strong growth returning to China following the enactment of recent stimulus measures. Additionally, when pressed for areas of current and future revenue growth in their recent earnings conference calls, American companies were quick to point to the strong rebound in China as one of the few or sometimes the only area of growth.

For these reasons, I have made FXI, the iShares FTSE/Xinhua China 25 Index, the subject of this week’s chart of the week. The chart below is a weekly chart of FXI going back to April 2005 and shows the dramatic gains of 2006 and 2007, the subsequent crash from October 2007 to October 2008, and the 129% bounce from the October bottom to the August 3rd top. In the two weeks since topping, FXI has fallen about 6.4%.

In the last year, Chinese stocks bottomed before their U.S. counterparts, had a much more significant bounce off of that bottom, and also topped before U.S. stocks did. Are Chinese stocks pointing to a correction? Can U.S. stocks continue to make new highs without new highs from Chinese equities? Will technical resistance at the 100 week moving average become a significant hurdle for FXI? I expect we will have much better answers to these questions before Labor Day rolls around.

For two excellent resources on Chinese markets, I recommend:

[source: StockCharts]


Jen Pietsch said...

Is there a better proxy of Shanghai yet Bill? Thanks, Jeff

Bill Luby said...


I am not aware of a better Shanghai proxy available to U.S. investors.

Readers, any ideas?


Anonymous said...

can't think of any, but noticed that Proshares now have XPP (double FXI) to complement FXP. Otherwise like the Tootsie Roll commercial...the world may never know (if there's a proxy for Shanghai.) - James

SnPMonster said...


Vix options expires tomorrow. I a lot of open interest in VIX puts for september, is this due to people expecting VIX to go down from here or is it that people are selling puts to bet that VIX will go up? Thx

Bill Luby said...

Hi SnPM,

First, VIX options expire Wednesday at the open, but tomorrow is the last day they can be traded.

As for the high OI in September VIX puts, today most of the volume was in the Sept 25 puts and most of these trades were executed at the bid, suggesting traders were selling OTM puts in hopes of a stable or rising VIX over the course of the next month.

FWLIW, I like this trade right now.



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