China’s central bank said over the weekend it will lower the reserve requirement ratio (RRR) that banks must hold as reserves to 20.5 percent from 21 percent, effective Friday. This 50 basis points (bp) reduction will free up tens of billions of dollars for loans at a time when the growth rate is expected to drop from last quarter’s 8.9 percent to closer to 8 percent. This is the second rate cut in two months.
Chinese real construction companies, and global commodity stocks, especially base metals like copper and aluminium, should benefit from this move. Investors hoping for more lending in the real estate sector pushed up Chinese property shares and banks. Hong Kong-listed China Resources Land Ltd. rose 1 percent and China Overseas Land & Investment Ltd. added 1.3 percent. China Construction Bank Corp. added 1.1 percent.
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