The S&P500 And Chinese Stock Market

Over the last few months a notable divergence has occurred between the U.S. and Chinese stock markets.

Two charts illustrate this divergence.  The first shows the S&P500 vs. the Shanghai Composite on a daily basis:

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The second chart shows a chart of FXI, the iShares FTSE/Xinhua China 25 Index.  This chart is from of 4/30/10.  One can see the flagging momentum:

It is notable that the Shanghai Composite led the SPX (S&P500) significantly in late ’08 – early ’09, yet it has been stagnant- to-declining lately.

I find this divergence in the SPX and Chinese stock markets to be curious and cautionary.  Many companies in the S&P500 are deriving the vast majority of any current revenue growth – not to mention earnings – from overseas, particularly Asia.  Given this scenario, it seems strange that the SPX is significantly outperforming the Chinese stock market.

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SPX at 1193.6 as this post is written