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May 1, 2013

China manufacturing growth stalling: HSBC data LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch). Asia Latest News for Thursday Asia time


  LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) -- HSBC revised its China manufacturing gauge lower, confirming a sharp slowing of growth at Chinese factories in April, according to data released Thursday. HSBC put the final reading of its Chinese manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index at 50.4, down from a preliminary print of 50.5 and solidly below March's 51.6. Still, the result remained above the 50 mark that separates growth from contraction. The print was broadly in line with an official government version of the PMI, released Wednesday, which came in at 50.6 from March's 50.9. The details of the HSBC report were equally lackluster, with the bank saying that "April data signaled only a slight improvement of operating conditions ... as output and new orders both expanded at weaker rates." A subindex tracking new orders destined for export fell below 50 for the first time this year, signaling contraction. HSBC chief China economist Hongbin Qu said the picture of fragile recovery painted by the PMI report was "likely to weigh on the labor market, which is likely to invite more policy responses in the coming months." Stock markets reacted negatively to the report, with Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index and the Shanghai Composite both extending losses after the data to trade down 0.7% each. Australia, which counts China as its top trading partner, also saw equities weaken further after the PMI, with the S&P/ASX 200 trading down 0.9%.

Hong Kong, Shanghai stocks drop after China data HONG KONG (MarketWatch) -- Stocks in Hong Kong and Shanghai fell Thursday as investors got their first chance to react to Wednesday's weaker-than-expected data on Chinese manufacturing activity for April. The Hang Seng Index fell 0.7% and the Hang Seng China Enterprises Index slumped 1.7% in Hong Kong after Wednesday's holiday. The Shanghai Composite slid 0.6% to 2,163.90 as markets reopened for the first time this week after Labor Day holidays. The drop came as markets awaited the final reading on Chinese manufacturing conditions in a private-sector survey conducted by HSBC. Among the major decliners in Hong Kong, China Merchants Holdings International Co. lost 3.5%, PetroChina Co. shed 2.2% and Bank of East Asia Ltd. gave up 2.4%. In Shanghai, property and resource stocks fell, with Jiangxi Copper Co. dropping 3.2% and Gemdale Corp. declining 1.1%.

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U.S. stocks sink; Dow snaps 4-day win streak: Wall Street at Close Report May 1, 2013; MarketWatch.

By Kate Gibson, MarketWatch 

NEW YORK (MarketWatch) U.S. stocks declined Wednesday as the Federal Reserve said it would keep buying $85 billion in bonds each month, but may cut or increase the program depending on the economy. 

“They are hedging against some weak economic data,” Liz Ann Sonders, chief investment strategist at Charles Schwab, said of the Fed’s language which opened the door to raising its bond purchases. “I don’t think it suggests they are considering it,” she added. 

“For the most part, this is an expected nonevent,” Sonders said. 

The Federal Reserve’s policy statement followed a two-day meeting, with the central bank’s open market committee maintaining its monthly bond purchases at $85 billion and leaving its benchmark-interest-rate target unchanged at zero to 0.25%. 

“We are in this soft spot,” said Bill Stone, chief investment strategist at PNC Wealth Management in Philadelphia, referring to the U.S. economy. 

Reports Wednesday had private employers adding a less-than-anticipated 119,000 jobs last month, while separate data illustrated only tepid expansion in manufacturing in April. 

Retreating after a four-session advance that added 163 points, the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA -0.94% on Wednesday fell as much as 152 points, and ended down 138.85 points at 14,700.95. 

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Twenty-five of the Dow’s 30 components lost ground, including Merck & Co. MRK -2.79% . The drug maker reported quarterly revenue below market expectations and reduced its 2013 outlook. 

“Earnings have actually looked good, but revenue has certainly been light this quarter. The companies beating on earnings and revenue, which is of course a rare animal this quarter, are trading well, while the opposite is true of the others,” said PNC’s Stone. 

Of the 342 companies in the S&P 500 that have reported first-quarter earnings, 68.7% reported earnings above analyst expectations, according to Thomson Reuters. Of the 235 companies that surpassed their earnings estimates, 52% missed their revenue estimate. In a typical quarter, 31% of companies that beat on earnings miss on revenue, according to Greg Harrison, corporate earnings research analyst at Thomson Reuters. 

After closing April with a sixth straight monthly gain, its longest such stretch since September 2009, the S&P 500 index SPX -0.93% on Wednesday lost 14.87 points to 1,582.70, with commodities hardest hit of its 10 sectors.

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Private-sector jobs growth slows in April.
The Nasdaq Composite COMP -0.89% retreated 29.66 points to 3,299.13. 

For every stock rising, more than two fell on the New York Stock Exchange, where 712 million shares traded. Composite volume neared 3.5 billion. 

Oil prices CLM3 -0.09% declined $2.43 to $91.03 a barrel after U.S. inventories hit an 82-year high and gold futures GCM3 +0.89% lost $25.90 to end at $1,446.20 an ounce on the New York Mercantile Exchange. 

The dollar DXY -0.14% lost ground against other currencies, including the yen USDJPY -0.07% , while Treasury prices rose, with the yield on the benchmark 10-year note 10_YEAR -0.12% down to 1.632%. 

“In a liquidity-driven market, cash flow is king. While stocks are fully priced by traditional measures, they are remarkably cheap through bond goggles,” wrote Jack Ablin, chief investment officer at BMO Private Bank. 

Apple Inc. AAPL -0.79%  is “the latest company to exploit the gaping valuation spread between bonds and stocks,” said Ablin, referring to the iPhone maker’s sale of $17 billion of debt on Tuesday in what amounted to the largest corporate bond offering ever. Read: Apple trading floods bond market.

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Chrysler Corp. reported an 11% increase in sales last month for its best April in six years. Ford Motor Co. F -1.69% , General Motors Co. GM -2.14% and Nissan also reported double-digit sales gains in April. 

MasterCard’s MA -2.37% shares declined 2.4% after the payments processor reported quarterly revenue slightly below expectations. 

Time Warner Inc. TWX -0.50% shares fell after the media company also reported revenue short of Wall Street estimates. 

Genworth Financial Inc. GNW +2.39% climbed after earnings more than doubled on better results by its home-loans department. 

Wednesday’s economic reports had Automatic Data Processing Inc. reporting private-sector jobs in April rose by a smaller-than-expected 119,000. Read more on ADP report.
The ADP report is “disappointing, and will probably lead most people to be more conservative on the payroll number on Friday,” said PNC’s Stone, referring to the government’s scheduled release of data on nonfarm payrolls for April. 

While “hardly a perfect guide to Friday’s payroll report, weakness in the [ADP] number is never welcome,” noted Dan Greenhaus, chief global strategist at BTIG LLC. 

And, the Institute for Supply Management’s manufacturing index fell to 50.7 in April, while a gauge of construction spending showed a 1.7% fall in March. Read: U.S. economy heads for another spring swoon. 
Kate Gibson is a reporter for MarketWatch, based in New York.

DealBook P.M. Edition May 1, 2013: The Trade: In Brown-Vitter Bill, a Banking Overhaul With Possible Teeth Home |Business Day| Video The New York Times

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Senators Sherrod Brown, left, and David Vitter are members of the Senate Banking Committee.
The Trade: In Brown-Vitter Bill, a Banking Overhaul With Possible Teeth Jesse Eisinger of ProPublica says that Senators Sherrod Brown and David Vitter introduced a bill that could be a barbaric yawp of anger at big banks or something with actual force.
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Economic Reports Data to be released on Thursday include the trade deficit for March and weekly initial jobless claims.
Corporate Earnings Companies scheduled to release quarterly results on Thursday include MGM Resorts, PG&E, Cardinal Health, Beazer Homes, Estée Lauder, the CME Group, Och-Ziff, HCA Holdings, Cigna, Fortress, Hillshire Brands, Kellogg, Kraft Foods, American International Group, Weight Watchers, LinkedIn and General Motors.
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