Chinese stocks rose, extending the biggest one-day gain in two months, as a private survey showed manufacturing is expanding at a faster pace in March.
FAW Car Co. gained 3.2 percent after rallying by the daily 10 percent limit yesterday. Zhejiang Dahua Technology Co. and GoerTek Inc. led an advance by technology companies. The preliminary reading of a Purchasing Managers’ Index rose to 51.7, HSBC Holdings Plc and Markit Economics said, quicker than both last month’s 50.4 final reading and the 50.8 median estimate of analysts in a Bloomberg News survey.
The Shanghai Composite Index added 0.3 percent to 2,324.24 at the close. The CSI 300 Index climbed 0.2 percent to 2,614.99. The Hang Seng China Enterprises Index fell 0.4 percent in Hong Kong. The Bloomberg China-US 55 Index rose 2.2 percent in New York yesterday.
“The data shows the economy is on a recovery path,” said Wu Kan, a Shanghai-based fund manager at Dazhong Insurance Co., which oversees $285 million. “But there’s still concern over the strength of the recovery.”
The Shanghai index has dropped 4.5 percent from its Feb. 6 peak on concern that an economic recovery will falter as officials take steps to cool the property market and counter risks for banks from an expansion in credit. The gauge jumped 2.7 percent yesterday as Market Studies LLC’s Tom DeMark said the equity index will resume a rally to gain as much as 28 percent by September.
Thirty-day volatility in the benchmark stock index rose to the highest level since February 2012 yesterday, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The gauge is valued at 9.5 times projected 12-month earnings, compared with the seven-year average of 15.8, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Trading volumes were 0.5 percent higher than the 30-day average.
“The Chinese economy is still on track” for a “gradual growth recovery,” Qu Hongbin, chief China economist for HSBC in Hong Kong, said in a statement. “Inflation remains well behaved, leaving room for Beijing to keep policy relatively accommodative.”
Growth in consumer prices may ease to 2.5 percent in March from a year earlier as production costs are likely to fall, the China Securities Journal reported today, citing Liu Yuhui, a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Inflation accelerated to 3.2 percent last month.
FAW Car climbed 3.2 percent to 8.61 yuan. More than 10 Chinese provinces and central government departments procured “large batches” of the parent’s Red Flag H7 cars, the official Xinhua News Agency reported March 19, citing Xu Xianping, its general manager.
A measure of technology stocks in the CSI 300 advanced 2.9 percent, the most among the 10 industry groups. Zhejiang Dahua, which makes security surveillance equipment, advanced 7.2 percent to 67.15 yuan, a record-high close. GoerTek, a supplier of Apple Inc., jumped 5 percent to 49.32 yuan.
Technology shares will rise this year as spending in the industry increases, Zhou Liqian, an analyst at Everbright Securities Co., said in a phone interview today.