Best of the Week
Most Popular
1. Stock Markets and the History Chart of the End of the World (With Presidential Cycles) - 28th Aug 20
2.Google, Apple, Amazon, Facebook... AI Tech Stocks Buying Levels and Valuations Q3 2020 - 31st Aug 20
3.The Inflation Mega-trend is Going Hyper! - 11th Sep 20
4.Is this the End of Capitalism? - 13th Sep 20
5.What's Driving Gold, Silver and What's Next? - 3rd Sep 20
6.QE4EVER! - 9th Sep 20
7.Gold Price Trend Forecast Analysis - Part1 - 7th Sep 20
8.The Fed May “Cause” The Next Stock Market Crash - 3rd Sep 20
9.Bitcoin Price Crash - You Will be Suprised What Happens Next - 7th Sep 20
10.NVIDIA Stock Price Soars on RTX 3000 Cornering the GPU Market for next 2 years! - 3rd Sep 20
Last 7 days
Silver Price 2021 Roadmap - 22nd Jan 21
Why Biden Wants to Win the Fight for $15 Federal Minimum Wage - 22nd Jan 21
Here’s Why Gold Recently Moved Up - 22nd Jan 21
US Dollar Decline creates New Sector Opportunities to Trade - 22nd Jan 21
Sandisk Extreme Micro SDXC Memory Card Read Write Speed Test Actual vs Sales Pitch - 22nd Jan 21
NHS Recommends Oximeter Oxygen Sensor Monitors for Everyone 10 Months Late! - 22nd Jan 21
DoorDash Has All the Makings of the “Next Amazon” - 22nd Jan 21
How to Survive a Silver-Gold Sucker Punch - 22nd Jan 21
2021: The Year of the Gripping Hand - 22nd Jan 21
Technology Minerals appoints ex-BP Petrochemicals CEO as Advisor - 22nd Jan 21
Gold Price Drops Amid Stimulus and Poor Data - 21st Jan 21
Protecting the Vulnerable 2021 - 21st Jan 21
How To Play The Next Stage Of The Marijuana Boom - 21st Jan 21
UK Schools Lockdown 2021 Covid Education Crisis - Home Learning Routine - 21st Jan 21
General Artificial Intelligence Was BORN in 2020! GPT-3, Deep Mind - 20th Jan 21
Bitcoin Price Crash: FCA Warning Was a Slap in the Face. But Not the Cause - 20th Jan 21
US Coronavirus Pandemic 2021 - We’re Going to Need More Than a Vaccine - 20th Jan 21
The Biggest Biotech Story Of 2021? - 20th Jan 21
Biden Bailout, Democrat Takeover to Drive Americans into Gold - 20th Jan 21
Pandemic 2020 Is Gone! Will 2021 Be Better for Gold? - 20th Jan 21
Trump and Coronavirus Pandemic Final US Catastrophe 2021 - 19th Jan 21
How To Find Market Momentum Trades for Explosive Gains - 19th Jan 21
Cryptos: 5 Simple Strategies to Catch the Next Opportunity - 19th Jan 21
Who Will NEXT Be Removed from the Internet? - 19th Jan 21
This Small Company Could Revolutionize The Trillion-Dollar Drug Sector - 19th Jan 21
Gold/SPX Ratio and the Gold Stock Case - 18th Jan 21
More Stock Market Speculative Signs, Energy Rebound, Commodities Breakout - 18th Jan 21
Higher Yields Hit Gold Price, But for How Long? - 18th Jan 21
Some Basic Facts About Forex Trading - 18th Jan 21
Custom Build PC 2021 - Ryzen 5950x, RTX 3080, 64gb DDR4 Specs - Scan Computers 3SX Order Day 11 - 17th Jan 21
UK Car MOT Covid-19 Lockdown Extension 2021 - 17th Jan 21
Why Nvidia Is My “Slam Dunk” Stock Investment for the Decade - 16th Jan 21
Three Financial Markets Price Drivers in a Globalized World - 16th Jan 21
Sheffield Turns Coronavirus Tide, Covid-19 Infections Half Rest of England, implies Fast Pandemic Recovery - 16th Jan 21
Covid and Democrat Blue Wave Beats Gold - 15th Jan 21
On Regime Change, Reputations, the Markets, and Gold and Silver - 15th Jan 21
US Coronavirus Pandemic Final Catastrophe 2021 - 15th Jan 21
The World’s Next Great Onshore Oil Discovery Could Be Here - 15th Jan 21
UK Coronavirus Final Pandemic Catastrophe 2021 - 14th Jan 21
Here's Why Blind Contrarianism Investing Failed in 2020 - 14th Jan 21
US Yield Curve Relentlessly Steepens, Whilst Gold Price Builds a Handle - 14th Jan 21
NEW UK MOT Extensions or has my Car Plate Been Cloned? - 14th Jan 21
How to Save Money While Decorating Your First House - 14th Jan 21
Car Number Plate Cloned Detective Work - PY16 JXV - 14th Jan 21
Big Oil Missed This, Now It Could Be Worth Billions - 14th Jan 21
Are you a Forex trader who needs a bank account? We have the solution! - 14th Jan 21
Finetero Review – Accurate and Efficient Stock Trading Services? - 14th Jan 21

Market Oracle FREE Newsletter

FIRST ACCESS to Nadeem Walayat’s Analysis and Trend Forecasts

How to Profit from China's $586 Billion Economic Stimulus Package

Companies / China Stocks Nov 11, 2008 - 07:25 AM GMT

By: Money_Morning

Companies Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMartin Hutchinson writes: The $586 billion (RMB4 trillion) stimulus package that China announced Sunday may or may not help China's economy. But with investments in low-income housing, water and energy projects, airports, disaster relief – and $100 billion for new railroads – over the next two years, this financial package provides oodles of opportunities for investors.


There is no doubt China needs infrastructure. Now the world's fourth-largest economy, China has grown so rapidly that many of its services are stretched beyond belief. Equally, it is not so certain that the government knows what infrastructure to build, or that it can be built, without hopeless corruption. For instance, the Three Gorges Dam became a global watchword for waste and environmental destruction, while the fancy toll roads built between major cities are still very underutilized, because the tolls are too high for all but the rich. In the stimulus package, more than $100 billion is earmarked for railroads, a seemingly 19th Century priority at the beginning of the 21st.

(As Money Morning reported in a market analysis story this past summer, General Electric Co. ( GE ) said it expects its business in China to double to $10 billion a year by 2010 – making that country a key element of the struggling U.S. industrial giant's strategy to offset its struggles here in its home market by pursuing business in faster-growing markets abroad. GE also announced that it would be providing China with 300 of its most modern locomotives between now and 2010).

Even if the Chinese economy had slowed sufficiently to warrant stimulus, there was a better way of getting it. For a decade, China has enjoyed unbalanced growth, with excessive rates of savings and investment and inadequate consumption. This has resulted in the huge buildup of Chinese foreign exchange reserves, now more than $1.9 trillion –the largest in the world, both in relation to the economy, and in real terms.

To rebalance the economy and maintain growth, China actually needs more domestic consumption. While Bush-style cuts in high-level income taxes would benefit only the “Chuppies” – China's newly emergent yuppie class – there are other taxes that bear heavily on the economy and could usefully be cut. The farmland usage tax , for example, levied at 13.6 cents to $1.36 (one to 10 RMB) per square meter in 1987, was late last year boosted to 68 cents to $3.40 (five to 25 RMB) – thus increasing what was already a huge imposition on the poorer farmers, whose margin above subsistence is very limited, only to be made even more so by such regressive taxes. Thus a Chinese government that truly had the welfare of its people at heart would have engaged in tax cuts, not grandiose public sector infrastructure projects.

There is considerable danger of such a massive Chinese infrastructure program leading to inflation. Assuming that China uses $585 billion of its foreign exchange reserves to fund it, increasing the domestic supply of Renminbi, this will increase its M2 money supply by almost 10% [ Editor's Note : One media report stated that $145 billion of the $585 billion was to come from Beijing, with the rest coming from increased investment by state-run companies, bank lending or bond sales by local authorities. For more information, check out this related news story on China's $585 billion stimulus plan located elsewhere in today's issue of Money Morning ].

However, The People's Daily yesterday (Monday) stated that this massive financing package would have a positive effect on “cement, iron and steel producers.” The capital outlay should also be a boon for China's trading partners: Not so much its three largest trading partners – Japan, South Korea and Taiwan – as they primarily manufacture components that are assembled in China for re-export to the West, or supply manufactured goods, which would benefit from a consumer-led spending surge, rather than this government-led stimulus.

However, suppliers of raw materials – which have already found the long Chinese boom to be a bonanza – can look to benefit further.

And that brings us to some possible profit plays that should rise with the tide of this $585 billion infusion:

  • Anhui Conch Cement (Pink Sheets: AHCHF ) is China's largest cement producer – hence, it's certain to benefit from a major infrastructure program of this kind. Be careful, however: It's quoted only on the “Pink Sheets,” and is trading on 17 times earnings.
  • China Railway Construction (Pink Sheets: CWYCF ) is China's largest construction group, with a special expertise in railroads. Again, it's traded on the Pink Sheets, this time at 31 times earnings.
  • Yanzhou Coal Mining Co. Ltd. (ADR: YZC ) is an energy supplier that should profit greatly from the additional infrastructure investment. It's much-better priced than the two predecessors, trading at only three times earnings and has an alluring dividend yield of 4.3%.
  • Huaneng Power International Inc. (ADR: HNP ) is a top China energy producer that's been generating losses lately due to high coal prices. But it's likely to increase output and profits with the economic expansion that should follow the massive infusion – and the 9.3% dividend yield is rather electrifying, as well.
  • But a big winner from China's infrastructure boom (don't forget, $100 billion in railroad investment) is Brazilian iron ore producer Vale (ADR: RIO ), which has increased its prices to China twice in 2008, and that's now actually holding back supplies while the Chinese market rebalances. China is a huge importer of iron ore, its imports will increase with heavy infrastructure investment, and Vale is the world's largest supplier. Best of all: With a Price/Earnings ratio of 4.3 and a dividend yield of 4.2%, Vale's shares are not at all expensive.

[ Editor's Note : With the U.S. financial markets in tatters from the global credit crisis, Money Morning and its affiliated monthly newsletter, The Money Map Report , have together trained their profit-seeking sights on markets beyond the U.S. borders. For instance, just check out this new report on a Wisconsin-based company we've discovered that's posting quarter after quarter of earnings surprises - while the rest of Wall Street tanks. Not only does this company have a lock on China - the fastest-growing market on the planet - this corporate gem is also riding the profit wave of the most-powerful global trend that we're following right now. If you act on this opportunity now - as an added bonus - you'll also receive a free copy of investing guru Jim Rogers ' best-seller, “ A Bull in China ,” which includes full research reports on that country's key profit plays .]

By Martin Hutchinson
Contributing Editor

Money Morning/The Money Map Report

©2008 Monument Street Publishing. All Rights Reserved. Protected by copyright laws of the United States and international treaties. Any reproduction, copying, or redistribution (electronic or otherwise, including on the world wide web), of content from this website, in whole or in part, is strictly prohibited without the express written permission of Monument Street Publishing. 105 West Monument Street, Baltimore MD 21201, Email: customerservice@moneymorning.com

Disclaimer: Nothing published by Money Morning should be considered personalized investment advice. Although our employees may answer your general customer service questions, they are not licensed under securities laws to address your particular investment situation. No communication by our employees to you should be deemed as personalized investment advice. We expressly forbid our writers from having a financial interest in any security recommended to our readers. All of our employees and agents must wait 24 hours after on-line publication, or 72 hours after the mailing of printed-only publication prior to following an initial recommendation. Any investments recommended by Money Morning should be made only after consulting with your investment advisor and only after reviewing the prospectus or financial statements of the company.

Money Morning Archive

© 2005-2019 http://www.MarketOracle.co.uk - The Market Oracle is a FREE Daily Financial Markets Analysis & Forecasting online publication.


Post Comment

Only logged in users are allowed to post comments. Register/ Log in

6 Critical Money Making Rules