Indices from Asia-Pacific gained during the first trading session of a new week. Chinese indices were top-performers with CHNComp gaining over 3% and CH50cash adding 2.4%. Hong Kong shares also performed well with HKComp adding over 2%. There were no specific news behind the jump. However, there was data from China on new home prices for March released over the weekend. While on an annual basis prices were 0.8% YoY lower, month-over-month data showed a 0.5% MoM increase, This was the third monthly increase in a row and the fastest pace of price growth in 21 months. It could be a hint that demand and overall situation in the Chinese property market may be improving.
Indices from China may also see some moves during the next Asian session as some top-tier economic reports from the country are scheduled for release. Monthly activity data for March (industrial production, retail sales and urban investments) as well as Q1 GDP report will be released at 3:00 am BST. Economists expect improvement in monthly readings for March, especially in retail sales and industrial production. Also, Q1 GDP growth is seen reaching 2.2% QoQ, after a lack of growth (0.0% QoQ) in Q4 2022. On an annual basis, Chinese GDP is expected to have grown by 4% YoY in Q1 2023.
Taking a look at CHNComp chart at D1 interval, we can see that the index is making another attempt at breaking above the resistance zone marked with 23.6% retracement in the 7,120 pts area. From a technical point of view, a break above could trigger an upward move towards the 7,850 pts area – above a year-to-date high from late January.
CHNComp at D1 interval. Source: xStation5