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By MarketWatch, MarketWatch , Saumya Vaishampayan


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Chinese stocks surged for a second day on Monday, propelled by a chorus of reassuring comments from leaders and top regulators.

The Shanghai Composite rallied 4.6% to 2668 and the smaller Shenzhen Composite soared roughly 5.4%, putting both on pace for their best day in more than three years.

The Shanghai Composite /zigman2/quotes/210598127/delayed CN:SHCOMP +1.84% closed up 4.1%, while the smaller Shenzhen Composite /zigman2/quotes/210598015/delayed CN:399106 +2.15%   soared 5.2%. That helped lift equities in not-as-beaten-up Hong Kong /zigman2/quotes/210598030/delayed HK:HSI -0.17%   by 2.2%. The rebound in both also helped ease the early selling seen elsewhere in the region.

Over the weekend, President Xi Jinping emphasized China’s support for the private sector, according to the official Xinhua News Agency. Beijing also released new details on proposed personal income tax cuts, Xinhua said. The Chinese president’s comments followed concerted moves on Friday by Vice Premier Liu He — Xi’s top economic official — as well as the head of the central bank and two financial regulators to reassure investors.

More stimulus is on the way, including major tax and fee cuts that could be worth more than 1% of GDP, the state-owned Shanghai Securities News quoted Ma Jun, a policy adviser to the People’s Bank of China, as saying.

China’s rally comes after last week’s report on weaker-than-expected third-quarter GDP growth. Investment bank Nomura said Monday it expects Beijing to roll out more easing and stimulus measures in the months ahead. Chinese officials made attempts to boost the beaten down market via supportive statements Friday about the economy and financial markets, which helped stocks Friday, but for the week, the Shanghai Composite still lost 7.6%.

Nomura adds 6.5% GDP might occur this quarter as well “due to a frontloading of exports” ahead of possible additional U.S. tariffs in January and “a loosening of restrictions on the anti-pollution campaign this winter.” However, the bank expects a further Chinese economic-growth slowdown next year.

/zigman2/quotes/203443667/delayed CN:600837 +5.01%  Among the big gainers, Chinese brokers soared. In Hong Kong, shares of Haitong Securities gained 16% and those of Citic Securities /zigman2/quotes/205176597/delayed HK:267 +0.74%  advanced 14%, while on the mainland stocks in several brokerage companies rose by the maximum possible 10%.

Japan’s Nikkei /zigman2/quotes/210597971/delayed JP:NIK +0.34%   closed up 0.4% after opened lower. The South Korea Kospi /zigman2/quotes/210598069/delayed KR:180721 -0.67% finished up 0.3%, while Taiwan stocks rose 0.6% and Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 /zigman2/quotes/210598100/delayed AU:XJO +0.25%   lagged with a 0.6% drop. S&P 500 futures rose 0.4%.

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This story was compiled in part from Dow Jones Newswires reports.

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3,030.15
+54.75 +1.84%
Volume: 34.57B
Feb. 20, 2020 3:00p
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/zigman2/quotes/210598015/delayed
CN : Shenhzen Stock Exchange
1,886.14
+39.74 +2.15%
Volume: 55.17B
Feb. 20, 2020 3:00p
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HK : Hong Kong Exchange
27,609.16
-46.65 -0.17%
Volume: 1.58M
Feb. 20, 2020 4:08p
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/zigman2/quotes/203443667/delayed
CN : China: Shanghai
¥ 15.52
+0.74 +5.01%
Volume: 192.04M
Feb. 20, 2020 3:00p
P/E Ratio
19.81
Dividend Yield
0.97%
Market Cap
¥170.00 billion
Rev. per Employee
¥2.67M
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HK : Hong Kong
HK$ 9.51
+0.07 +0.74%
Volume: 8.64M
Feb. 20, 2020 4:08p
P/E Ratio
5.21
Dividend Yield
4.63%
Market Cap
HK$274.61 billion
Rev. per Employee
HK$2.10M
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JP : Nikkei
23,479.15
+78.45 +0.34%
Volume: 0.00
Feb. 20, 2020 3:15p
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KR : Korea Exchange
2,195.50
-14.84 -0.67%
Volume: 709,563
Feb. 20, 2020 3:30p
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AU : S&P ASX
7,162.50
+17.90 +0.25%
Volume: 797,553
Feb. 20, 2020 5:23p
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