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Forget the January effect–this year watch the Lunar New Year effect

posted on February 8, 2010 at 4:14 pm
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When thinking about when to buy Chinese stocks, don’t forget the Lunar New Year effect.

China’s New Year holiday stretches from February 13 to February 21 this year. And Shanghai and other Chinese stock markets will be closed for five days from Monday February 15 through Friday February 19.

Counting weekends that means nine days with no trading.

In preparation for a long-break with no buying or selling stock traders usually work hard in the days before a holiday to square positions. In the case of China’s stock markets that’s likely to mean selling to limit exposure during the long no-trading period. (Would you want to be unable to sell if something in Europe, for example, really went south?)

 At the least the holiday is likely to add volatility to an already volatile market.

A holiday sell-off would likely produce a post-holiday rally.

Leading Chinese investment companies Citic Securities, China’s largest brokerage company, and rival Shenyin Wanguo Securities have both recently predicted that markets will rally after the holiday.

In China that kind of prediction tends to act as a self-fulfilling prophecy. At least in the short run.

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  • nukeage on 8 February 2010

    Thanks, Jim. Much useful, not the least because my old standby EEV is currently back in my portfolio (why am I embarrassed to admit this?).

  • EdMcGon on 8 February 2010

    Sounds like time to go shopping for more Chinese stocks!

  • YX on 8 February 2010

    What’s your next support level for S&P 500? Thanks.

  • YX on 8 February 2010

    I saw the sellings through out today were pretty minor except at the last minutes.

  • Run26.2 on 8 February 2010

    Thanks Jim.. have been eyeing a few Chinese stocks and this is very helpful info.

  • Upside on 11 February 2010

    That move may have happened last year, but many small caps such as BYDDF have had strong upside in the last few days.

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