Good Corporate News in China? Stop Laughing – William Pesek Jr.


Walking the streets of , it’s easy to see why investors’ appetite for all things China is running so high.

As in so many boomtowns past and present, one can practically feel the energy. The sights, sounds and buzz of

Shanghai make you wonder if Asia’s No. 2 economy isn’t getting the credit or attention it deserves. If China reported 15 percent growth next quarter, you could find anecdotal evidence here to justify it.

Unfortunately, China’s growth rate of 9.4 percent isn’t reflected in its stock markets. Dodgy corporate dealings get most

of the blame. The Shanghai Stock Exchange Composite Index and the Shenzhen Stock Exchange Composite Index are among the world’s 10 worst-performing equity markets this year.

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