The share-trading stamp tax was cut by the government from 0.1% from 0.3%, reports John Spence for Market Watch. The move is viewed as an effort to give the Chinese stock market a shot in the arm. After the cut was made, some of the Chinese ETFs shot up by as much as 6.8% midday.
China’s exchange traded funds (ETFs) have had a rocky year, but could the economy have turned a corner?
Tony Sagami for Money and Markets reports that the country’s gross domestic product for 2007 rose 11.9%, ahead of the 11.4% projections. It’s the fastest growth in 13 years.
China definitely has some political and social obstacles to overcome: its poor environmental and human rights records, the PR disaster of the Beijing Olympic Games and riots in Tibet. But Sagami says that when it comes to the Chinese economy, things are looking up.
Retail sales rose by 20.2% in the first two months of this year. There has also been a 33.8% increase in auto sales, and demand for luxury vehicles is expected to grow between 40%-45% this year. The trade surplus grew by $41 billion in the first quarter, as well, so China isn’t hurting from any U.S. slowdown yet.