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Market Open:Hong Kong stocks seen flat ahead of China GDP

Investors may remain cautious on Tuesday ahead of crucial gross domestic product (GDP) data to gauge the extent of slowdown in the world's second largest economy.

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 16 October, 2012, 8:15am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 16 October, 2012, 11:05am


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Investors may remain cautious on Tuesday ahead of  crucial gross domestic product (GDP) data to gauge the extent of slowdown in the world's second largest economy.

Forecasts for China’s third-quarter GDP have been increasingly gloomy. Yet the China Securities Journal said on Tuesday that the nation is unlikely to give more leeway in monetary loosening, given that inflation could rebound in the fourth quarter.

Data released on Monday showed that China's inflation eased slightly to 1.9 per cent last month, from 2.0 per cent in August.The GDP data will be released on Thursday.

"We expect the economy to show moderate improvement in coming quarters, with the full-year 2012 real GDP growth forecast at 7.6 per cent, and the 2013 growth forecast at 8.0 per cent," Haibin Zhu, economist with JP Morgan, said in a note to its client when look into the fourth quarter.

Overnight, the Standard & Poor's 500-stock index closed up 11.54 points, or 0.81 per cent, to close at 1,440.13. The Nasdaq Composite added 20.07 points, or 0.66 per cent, to 3,064.18. In London, the FTSE-100 Index dropped 12.29 points, or 0.21 per cent, to end at 5,805.61.

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