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Although the Chinese “National Team” looked keen to quell potential fears over a currency devaluation today, it did not seem to encourage the Chinese equity markets.
After a tentative open in Japan and Australia, a wave of selling hit markets after 11.00am AEDT just ahead of the opening of the Chinese futures market at 12.15pm AEDT. The CNY midpoint fix weakened the currency even further today seeing an initial spike in the offshore CNH rate and heightening tensions in equity markets that we could see another CNY devaluation. However, a wave of strong buying of the CNH directly in the FX market (allegedly by a large Chinese bank) came in at 12.40pm AEDT to stem the weakening of the currency. The CSI 300 and Shanghai Composite also opened in positive territory. However, as Mainland markets headed into the red and H-shares also started to see a pickup in selling, fears of a “Black Monday Redux” did begin to grip Asian markets.
One theory behind the strengthening of the CNH may be the CNY’s imminent announcement of its inclusion in the IMF’s Standard Drawing Rights (SDR) basket. Given this, the Chinese government may be hoping to see a wave of buying of the CNY and if the currency is weakening there would seemingly be very few FX portfolio managers who would be keen to see immediate losses on their CNY purchases.