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LIQUIDITY: The People's Bank of China (PBOC) skipped open market
operations, leaving liquidity unchanged as no reverse repos matured today. Total
liquidity in the banking system is relatively high due to an increase in fiscal
expenditures near the end of the year, PBOC said.
RATES: The seven-day weighted average interbank repo rate for depository
institutions (DR007) rose to 2.4346% from 1.5515% on Tuesday, Wind Information
showed. The overnight repo average fell to 0.9290% from 1.0965% on Tuesday.
YUAN: The yuan strengthened to 6.9823 against the dollar from 7.0075 on
Tuesday. PBOC set the dollar-yuan central parity rate lower at 7.0067 from
7.0119 on Tuesday.
BONDS: The yield on 10-year China Government Bonds was last at 3.1625%,
down from the close of 3.1725% on Tuesday, according to Wind Information.
STOCKS: The Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.03% to 2,981.88. Hong Kong's
Hang Seng Index lost 0.15% to 27,864.21.
FROM THE PRESS: PBOC may cut banks' reserve requirement ratios in January
to fill a liquidity gap given the issuance of local government bonds and greater
demand for cash before the Chinese New Year, the Securities Daily reported
citing analysts including Pan Helin, executive dean of the Institute of Digital
Economy, Zhongnan University of Economics and Law. The gap may exceed CNY3.5
trillion after accounting for the maturity of CNY600 billion of reverse repos
and CNY257.5 billion targeted medium-term lending facility, the newspaper said.
China is allowing some cites or counties under greater debt pressure to
issue local government bonds to replace some implicit debt as pilot projects in
Guizhou, Yunnan, Hunan, Gansu, Inner Mongolia and Liaoning provinces, the 21st
Century Business Herald reported citing unidentified sources. Some market
participants estimate that the scale of hidden debt is as much as CNY40
trillion, the newspaper added.
China will strive to prevent risks of large-scale unemployment by helping
businesses lower labor costs and creating more jobs, according to a document
posted on the State Council website on late Tuesday. The government will
strengthen financial support for private and small enterprises, regulate
corporate layoffs and support the development of service industries, according
to the statement.
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