Chinese- and Hong Kong-listed stocks soared on Wednesday after China’s government pledged to support beleaguered markets.
The Hang Seng
surged 9% in afternoon trade as state-run Xinhua News Agency said the government would take a number of market-friendly steps.
The Shanghai Composite
China’s financial stability and development committee called for monetary policy to support the economy, and that authorities should prudently introduce policies that have a contractionary impact.
The Chinese government also is working with U.S. authorities to support listings overseas, as the Securities and Exchange Commission last week identified Chinese companies that could be delisted over the issue of auditor access.
The committee also said it would keep Hong Kong’s financial markets stable while enhancing regulatory communications and coordination with Hong Kong regulators.
Even with Wednesday’s surge, the Hong Kong index is down 14% this year, compared to the 11% drop for the S&P 500
The remarks didn’t address another factor that’s been weighing on Chinese stocks, the possibility of sanctions from the U.S. if the country provides arms to Russia.