China Contracts: HSBC Flash Mfg PMI At 48.9, Down Form 50.1, First Sub-50 Print In A Year As Agriflation Still Rages
The rumors were true: after printing on the verge of a contraction back in June, July's HSBC Manufacturing PMI is now sub 50, or 48.9: the first sub-50 print in this particular series in a year. This confirms that the manufacturing sector is now in contraction mode. The immediate kneejerk response is a 20 pip slide in the EURUSD which has retraced half the surge on the earlier, and repeatedly priced in, news about the nth Greek bailout. Now if only China could slow down that inflation to go alongside its economic contraction, which unfortunately as the following chart from Bloomberg demonstrates, will be a difficult proposition.
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