Stocks surge on tax cut, positive data

Ding Yining
Shanghai stocks closed at at a more than nine-month high on a cut in VAT and on the release of strong macroeconomic data.
Ding Yining
Stocks surge on tax cut, positive data

Shanghai stocks closed at their highest in more than nine months on Monday, boosted by a cut in the value-added tax and a rise in factory and services output.

The reduction of the VAT to 13 percent from 16 percent from Monday, together with macroeconomic data from the National Bureau of Statistics on Sunday and from Caixin/Markit on Monday,boosted sentiment.

The Shanghai Composite Index surged 2.58 percent to 3,170.36 points. Combined turnover on the Shanghai and Shenzhen markets passed 1 trillion yuan (US$147 billion) — the highest in two weeks.  

Shanghai turnover was 480 billion yuan and only 23 shares fell. 

NBS data released on Sunday showed the Purchasing Managers’ Index posted its first uplift in four months, hitting 50.5 in March, indicating an expansion and pointing to new evidence of stable economic fundamentals amid government measures to spur high-quality growth.

The private Caixin/Markit PMI also showed growth in the sub-indexes for new orders and new exports. 

Software firms were among the best performers on Monday. Fujian Apex Software Co and Hithink Flush Information Network Information Network Co surged the daily limit of 10 percent.  

CSC Financial Co chief strategist Zhang Yulong said the easy credit situation has provided momentum for the market.

Northeast Securities wrote in a research note that the market valuation of A shares is still relatively low and expected follow-up stimulus measures would continue to lift investor confidence. 

Investors are also looking at new trade talks with the US ahead of a planned visit by Vice Premier Liu He and officials to meet their US counterparts in Washington this week. 

Steel makers and auto producers are also set to benefit from the VAT cut, as well as rising disposable income, according to a recent note from China International Capital Corp. 

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